PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Problems with employment, security and education continue to plague young people in Cambodia, the Youth Coalition for Unity and Development, along with Oxfam Cambodia, said on Sunday at an event commemorating the 16th International Youth Day.
In a survey of 510 young people from across the country, employment was found as the biggest issue, with 49 percent saying it was a major worry in their lives.
The coalistion released a report at the event, where they found that the problems with employment among young people related to the limited quality of education, low salaries, a lack of skills for this market, little to no job opportunities and widespread nepotism.
Twenty-one percent of those surveyed said they were most concerned about their security, which included drug abuse, hooliganism, traffic accidents and human rights violations.
Flaws in the education system were the next issue survey participants mentioned, with 11 percent believing it was the most significant issue for them.
Youth both in the city and in rural areas expressed concerns about the quality of teachers, their punctuality and a lack of opportunity to attend top-shelf educational facilities.
Long Khet, executive director of Youth for Peace, said, “Cambodia is still facing corruption at all levels.
Mr. Khet urged youths to get involved in the decision-making process at local, national and global levels. They should also be involved in civic events to share their views with government officials.
However, Dav Ansan, a representative of the CPP-affiliated Union of Youth Federation of Cambodia, said that he believes that young Cambodians are competent enough to succeed here and abroad.
“I praise the Cambodian youth. Some of them know three languages and computer skills. There is no way that they cannot compete with other Asean nations when it Asean integration comes,” he said.
Hing Soksan, a leader of a youth movement within the Cambodia National Rescue Party, said one of the things that Cambodian youth can do is become more self-reliant.
Roughly 50 percent of the voters were young people in the last election, so their voice will have a significant impact on government policy.
The Constitution defines “youth” as people aged between 15 and 30.