Young people empowered to bring change in Azerbaijan
By Claudia Amico
BAKU, 18 December 2012 - Young people represent a great opportunity for the development of Azerbaijan. Although some may look at the situation of young people and see problems: unemployment, drug use, HIV and AIDS, UNICEF looks at young people as important agents of change in their development.
More than 31 per cent of Azerbaijan’s population is in the very dynamic age-range of 15-29 years – and more than half the population is aged under 30.
UNICEF is working with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to transform the youth houses from occasional English or computer training centres to places where young people gather, talk through local issues and problems, and bring them to the attention of the region’s authorities.