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300,000 youths completing their "high school and bachelor degrees" face joblessness each year in Cambodia: NGO survey

Written By vibykhmer on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 | 9:03 AM

Tens of thousands of Cambodian youths are facing joblessness like youths in other countries

11 August 2009
By Ratana
Khmer Sthabna news
Translated from Khmer by Socheata

On Wednesday 12 August 2009 which is celebrated as the International Youth Day, Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary-general, sent a message on this special occasion stating:

The theme of this year’s International Youth Day -– “Sustainability: Our Challenge. Our Future” –- is a global call to action for young men and women. Our world faces multiple interconnected crises with severe and far-reaching impacts that fall disproportionately on the young.

In 2007, for example, youth comprised 25 per cent of the world’s working age population yet accounted for 40 per cent of the unemployed. The global economic downturn means that, in the near term, youth unemployment will continue to climb. Unemployment rates tell only part of the story, especially for the vast majority of youth who live in developing countries. For them, informal, insecure and low-wage employment is the norm, not the exception.

Climate change, meanwhile, continues to compromise economies and threaten tremendous upheaval, saddling young people everywhere with an unjust “ecological debt”. This is a potentially crushing burden. At the same time, I am encouraged by the contributions that young people have made to the debate on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Their views and proposals can help build the momentum necessary to “seal the deal” in Copenhagen later this year.

Indeed, young people have proven themselves to be key partners in sustainable development. They have got involved in international forums such as the Commission on Sustainable Development, and have helped their Governments and communities to formulate poverty reduction strategies, entrepreneurial schemes and many other policies and initiatives.

Young people often lead by example: practising green and healthy lifestyles, or promoting innovative uses of new technologies, such as mobile devices and online social networks. They deserve our full commitment -- full access to education, adequate health care, employment opportunities, financial services and full participation in public life. On International Youth Day, let us renew our pledge to support young people in their development. Sustainability is the most promising path forward, and youth can lead the way.”

Cambodia is also affected by the aftermath of the worldwide economic crisis, and several tens of thousand of factory and company workers lost their jobs and income because their companies and factories went bankrupt and a number of private companies cut down on the number of their workers or reduced their salaries.

Surveys conducted NGOs indicated also that, each year, about 300,000 Cambodian youths who completed their high school and bachelor degrees are jobless.


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