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2 child terms
Portion of the population between 15–30 years of age.
Source: TESDA 2010, Philippines
“Youth” is best understood as a period of transition from the dependence of childhood to adulthood’s independence and awareness of our interdependence as members of a community. Youth is a more fluid category than a fixed age-group.
However, age is the easiest way to define this group, particularly in relation to education and employment. Therefore “youth” is often indicated as a person between the age where he/she may leave compulsory education, and the age at which he/she finds his/her first employment. This latter age limit has been increasing, as higher levels of unemployment and the cost of setting up an independent household puts many young people into a prolonged period of dependency.
When carrying out its Youth Strategy, UNESCO uses different definitions of youth depending on the context.
Source: UNESCO 2016, Global
The United Nations General Assembly defined ‘youth’, as those persons falling between the ages of 15 and 24 years inclusive. This definition was made for International Youth Year, held around the world in 1985. All United Nations statistics on youth are based on this definition, as illustrated by the annual yearbooks of statistics published by the United Nations system on demography, education, employment and health.
Source: UN 2014
A government income support scheme for young people who are aged 16-24 and studying or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship full time (or aged 15 if considered independent); or aged 16-20 and looking for work full time (or aged 15 if considered independent), undertaking a combination of approved activities like Work for the Dole or volunteering, or have a temporary exemption from the Activity Test (for example, due to illness); or aged 25 and over and studying or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship full time, if s/he was getting Youth Allowance immediately before turning 25 and is still doing the same course or Australian Apprenticeship; and meets residence requirements.
Source: NCVER 2013, Australia
Youth literacy rate
Percentage of people aged 15 to 24 years who can both read and write with understanding a short simple statement on their everyday life. Generally, ‘literacy’ also encompasses ‘numeracy’, the ability to make simple arithmetic calculations.
Source: UNESCO UIS 2013, Global