The Commonwealth Secretariat said on Tuesday that India is ranked 122nd in the 2020 Global Youth Development Index, which analyses the situation of young people in 181 countries around the world. For the first time, Singapore came out on top, followed by Slovenia, Norway, Malta, and Denmark. The worst five countries were Chad, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and Niger.
The Commonwealth Secretariat recently revealed its triennial rankings of youth development in 181 countries, with 156 of them showing at least minor gains. While the index’s data predates Covid-19, the research underlines the favorable trajectory of young development, which the virus threatens to reverse for the first time unless immediate action is done to preserve pre-pandemic gains.
According to developments in youth education, employment, health, equality and inclusion, peace and security, and political and civic participation, the index ranks countries from 0.00 (lowest) to 1.00 (best). It examines 27 variables, including literacy and voting, to indicate how the world’s 1.8 billion people aged 15 to 29 are faring.
The top five improvers were Afghanistan, India, Russia, Ethiopia, and Burkina Faso, with an average score increase of 15.74 percent. Syria, Ukraine, Libya, Jordan, and Lebanon, on the other side, experienced the highest fall in youth development between 2010 and 2018. Since 2010, the index has shown improvements in youth participation in peace processes, as well as their education, employment, inclusion, and healthcare.
Health improved by 4.39 percent, thanks to a 1.6 percent drop in worldwide juvenile mortality rates and a 2% decrease in HIV, self-harm, alcohol addiction, and cigarette use. In terms of improving the health of young people, Sub-Saharan Africa has made the most progress NSE -3.91 percent.
The number of unemployed youngsters and those who are not in school, training, or labor has remained stable. Improved gender parity in literacy, as well as fewer child marriage cases and pregnancies among females under the age of 20, are driving progress toward equality and participation. Despite this, no progress has been made in terms of women’s protection.
The global education score improved by 3%, with South Asia leading the way with a 16 percent rise, followed by Sub-Saharan Africa with a 10% increase. Young people died as a result of direct violence, peace and security improved by 3.41 percent.
Sweden was first in education, Luxembourg was first in inequality and inclusion, Indonesia was first in political and civic participation, and Singapore was first in employment, health, and peace and security.
(News source: The Economic Times)