As a country with very turbulent recent past, Timor Leste is fighting to secure a better future for its young people. Ranking among the youngest nations in the world may sound promising, but Timor Leste’s youth unemployment rate shows that this young nation has a long way to go. So what are the solutions for Timor Leste’s young people, how is their government dealing with the issue of unemployment, and is there any international help for the Millennials and other young people from this Southeast Asian island?
If you use any search engine and type in „youth employment programs“, you will get a ton of articles, calls for applications, and even feedback blogs on certain programs. The idea of creating special strategies for youth employment has been in the spotlight for decades. One can even say that it is a phenomenon that has come to the forefront with the Millennials. In any case, it is undisputable that billions of dollars, or Euros, are being invested each year in these types of program worldwide, so several questions arise: do they really make a difference, which ones are the most successful, and do they truly make possible a long-term solution to the problem of youth unemployment?
The youngest continent in the world today is Africa, and it could be the home to one billion young people by 2050. However, all countries on the African continent face the rather frightening fact that it is estimated that one third of their youth population will not have the opportunity to finish at least a basic secondary education.