Youth are the leading edge of — and will become — our future. NSO data indicated that in 2010 the youth proportion of the national population (people aged 15-29) was 28.5%; our youth population is expected to continue its rapid growth until at least 2025.
Too few new jobs. Generally, only a fraction of the ~6,000 youths entering the labour market each year will be able to find formal sector employment. Finding employment in the formal sector is becoming ever more diffcult. Increasing numbers of young women and men are finding that higher education is not the guarantee of success that many have believed it to be and opportunities for vocational education are only just beginning. Some 75% of our youths will want or need to obtain incomes from the mixed cash and subsistence economies.