This article has been created since people will be reading about such stuff and we might as well try to get some traffic out of it ? so, there ? plain, simple honesty :p).
If you still want to read, go to next paragraph. This one is there because the editor had too much to drink. In case you prefer, scroll down to the end and you will see an infographic we tried to make to summarize the numbers.
The International Youth Day is celebrated on 12th of August every year. The UN General Assembly designated this day as the International Youth Day to celebrate the role of youth in promoting human rights and development as well as raise awareness of the challenges and hardships faced by the demographic in different parts of the world. And if you are a cognizant member of the youth brigade or slightly older, you will know, the time right now is the critical point for something like this ? look around the world if you have no idea what we mean Genius.
Back to topic.
The theme of the 2019 International Youth Day is ?Transforming Education? (ha-ha, as if).
Youth make up a large portion of the population of India (at a whopping 242 million!)
Fact check: Did you know that India has the world?s highest number of 10 to 24-years old citizens? We did not until we wrote this and the writer is a 10-24 year old herself (no names, please, we are all WiseIdiots)!
In the wake of the upcoming International Youth Day, here are some interesting facts about the youth in India (aka another list just to add to the clutter):
42.6% of young Indians are still either unemployed or working yet living in poverty. This showcases a sad state of affairs since India is deemed to have the potential to be a superpower in the future. What do you think you should do to correct these skewed numbers?
41.5% of the Indian youth want to be happy and 30% want to be rich. Priorities, right? What would you want happiness or wealth, if you could have one or the other? As for us, we want Pizza and Gunpowder Chutney.
70% of young Indians spend 70% of their mobile internet data surfing social media (we are sure this is at least 70% correct). Considering the state of unemployment, it is a sheer waste of time. Shouldn?t they be honing their skills to become employable or start a venture independently to build a business and employ others?
(Sorry about the diatribe, sometimes it?s not easy to see your peers enjoying full-on masti while we burn the midnight electricity bill doing absolutely nothing in the long run of things.)
Young India sticks to the web either for work or for entertainment. Data shows that 76% of India?s internet users are under the age of 35. Based on pure numbers, they may be binge-watching shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime or making Tik-Tok videos.
Pandavas ka number
23% of Indian students want to be doctors, 23% engineers (software engineering is the top choice ? ha-ha ? so profound). The age old legacy of honourable professions remains the same ? doctor or engineer – even though 12-year old kids in the rest of the world are running successful YouTube channels, starting businesses and volunteering for social causes.
Eunuchs ka number (no, we are not sectarian, we are just number-disoriented)
Did you know when it comes to tuition, 74% of students choose to take classes for Mathematics, followed by Physics (64%) and Chemistry (62%)?
Question, is this because other subjects are easy for us?
It is again Indian students who take the maximum number of tutorial classes online. Maybe the teachers are to blame for not teaching properly in school and forcing students to enrol for coaching classes? (Remember, you can still blame the elders when you are young, until you become an elder one day! Got the gist, Uncle?)
Billa number saat
With an appetite to learn more, 31.8% of students enrol themselves in some kind of online courses that are not a part of their school or college syllabus. This is impressive, isn?t it? Finally, some good news. Talent and intelligence are not enough, it is essential to hone the right skills. Ensure, you have enough ice cream to cover any hunger pangs you may feel while pursuing a course. (Btw, we will be in the basketball court in the meantime playing cricket.)
Octagon ka favourite number
One of the positive qualities that Indian youth possess is that 99% of them don?t feel the need to show off by buying expensive brands. Yeah, we are humble. This is probably why videos on Sarojini Nagar hauls and flea market finds do so well on YouTube India!
Final number nau (Es ke baad hum nau, das, gyarah…)
They are not that good in sports. Although 72% of the school children are involved in extracurricular activities, very few of them actually participate in sports. But if you consider their ?participation? as spectators, you?d agree that there is so much passion for sports, especially cricket. Each loss of the team is treated as a personal loss and taken very very very very seriously (we take seriously very seriously also)
On a serious note (seriously!), this affects their health and fitness levels since they live a sedentary lifestyle from a very young age. Essentially what we do all day is sit for long hours at school, coaching centres and then while studying at home. This is not to mention the important time taken to scroll the internet or watch TV.
Undoubtedly, today?s youth have the potential to shape the world. Sadly, many young people are battling with the suffocating grip of poverty, lack of resources, education and more.
Empowerment through education can bring positive change to the lives of young people and release them from the grip of poverty. In a message about International Youth Day, Irina Bokova, Director?General of UNESCO writes, ?Young people are not only future, they are present?. No need to say that the present young generation is the most connected, most outspoken, and the most open-minded generation the world has ever seen (ahem ? drumroll and trumpets, please).
We can just hope that we realise our potential and put it to good use.