Egypt’s young population is rapidly growing. The adolescents (aged 10-19) are around 17 million, representing approximately 19 percent of the total population. Together with youth in the age group 20-24 years, an additional 9 million, adolescents and youth represent almost one third of the Egyptian population.
Even though the needs and aspirations of adolescents and youth have been highlighted by stakeholders and despite the Government of Egypt’s efforts, they are not yet being met. Young Egyptians face huge challenges particularly in the transition into adulthood; the labour market being one of the most critical. Around 50 percent of all the unemployed in Egypt are aged 15-24, with an additional 16.5 percent in the age group 25-29 years.
A multi-sectoral approach, with evidence-based policies and programmes, is needed to address young people’s challenges along with an enhanced coordination of all key players including governmental bodies, NGOs and the private sector. In addition, sustained efforts and investments are needed to provide young people with better access to information and resources, to empower them with the necessary skills to contribute to their communities.