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Close to 30% of Brazilians Are Between 15 and 29. They Want Jobs and Education

Since yesterday, June 13, around 80 young people from more than 12 countries and affiliated with the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) are participating in the International Seminar on Peace, Multilateralism, and Youth Rights in BrasÀ­lia, capital of Brazil.

The seminar seeks to define common paths for youth in countries such as Portugal, Cuba, Cape Verde, Greece, and Canada to gain their full share of rights.

According to the WFDY, the goal is to discover ways to overcome the difficulties, such as lack of access to education, that threaten this conquest.

The Brazilian government’s National Youth Secretary, Beto Cury, says that work and education are the two major demands of Brazilian youth.

"We are working on an important twosome here in Brazil, education and work. They are, perhaps, the two biggest demands made by Brazilian youth. And it is obvious that for us to have a developed world, with social inclusion, it is essential that we have peace," the secretary affirms.

According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics’ (IBGE) 2000 Census, Brazil has 48 million young people between the ages of 15 and 29, around 27% of the country’s population.

According to the National Youth Secretariat, the unemployment rate among 18-24 year-olds is around 17%, surpassing the national average of 10%.

The seminar, which is sponsored by the WFDY, the Chamber of Deputies Foreign Relations and National Defense Commission, and the Center of Youth Studies and Memory (CEMJ) and is being held in the Chamber’s Freitas Nobre auditorium, ends tomorrow, June 15.

Agência Brasil

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