International Youth Day

A boy on a beach in Gaza, 2019. Photo by Asmaa Elkaldi

A boy on a beach in Gaza, 2019. Photo by Asmaa Elkaldi

August 12, 2019. Today is International Youth Day. In Gaza, around 70% of the population is younger than 30. To mark the day, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) released information reflecting the situation of Palestinian youth between 18 and 29 years old. According to the PCBS, 63% of youth in Gaza are unemployed and are not currently enrolled in academic programs or undergoing professional training, about a third of them men and two-thirds of them women. Eighty-two percent of youth in Gaza own a cell phone. The literacy rate among Gaza youth stands at 99.3%

PCBS point to an increase in education levels alongside an increase in the unemployment rate, especially among university graduates. Thirty-four percent of young people in the Strip have tried to establish independent businesses. Unemployment among Gaza’s youth reached 65% in the first quarter of 2019.

Children, teenagers and young adults in Gaza are full of potential. They deserve freedom of movement, without which they cannot realize their dreams and ambitions.