Are Youth in Latin America losing faith?

Guest Blogger: Laura Garciandía

English and Spanish version of article available below:

Currently, there are 106 million young people in Latin America. As never before in history, the region has benefited many young people, which places them as a political and production force of vital importance, apparently.

However, the reality is different from what it should be. This demographic suffers the most severe consequences of bad policies in the countries of this region: unemployment, lack of access to education, technology and information, violence and poverty. In Latin America the picture is complicated because there is a segmentation on educational attainment which in turn discriminates on the new political scene, thus keeping the emerging generations from transforming the old policy.

All this poses a restricted future for more than half of the youth population in Central America. Disappointed at policy because of traditional patterns, and opressed by economic and social crisis, young people seek options to resolve their problems and to express their opinions, however, they are far removed from the political leadership that takes the country’s decisions.

The youth’s general attitude towards the State, transits between irony, longing and disdain for the old school politics. Disappointed, Latin American youth are wary of political leaders and not interested in discussions, and so they take refuge in artistic expression and new technologies, at the best. Others take refuge in drugs, organized crime or other criminal activities.

Multilateral agencies, national, regional and local governments, nongovernmental organizations and private enterprises, they all recognize the obstacles that can arise if millions of young people in Latin America are marginalized from work and study. Therefore, as the ILO says, first reflect on the employment, social, economic and political implications that youth have: “To make proposals in order to promote decent work and productive employment for young people is to opt for strengthening democracy, social cohesion and support and to contribute to economic growth. ”

 

“Los jóvenes en América Latina van perdiendo la fé”

Actualmente,  hay 106 millones de  jóvenes en América Latina, como nunca antes en la historia, la región ha contado con tantos jóvenes, lo que los ubica como una fuerza política y productiva de vital importancia, aparentemente.  Sin embargo la realidad es diferente a lo que debería ser, esta parte de la sociedad sufre los problemas mas fuertes, consecuencia de las malas políticas en los países de esta región: El desempleo, la falta de acceso a la educación, a la tecnología e información, la violencia y la pobreza.

En América Latina el panorama se ve complicado por que existe, una segmentación en logros educativos que a su vez discrimina en el nuevo escenario político, evitando así que las generaciones emergentes transformen las viejas políticas públicas.

Todo esto plantea un futuro restringido a más de la mitad de la población juvenil en los países centroamericanos. Decepcionados de la política, debido a los  esquemas tradicionales y orpmidos por las crisis económicas y sociales que los agobia, los jóvenes buscan opciones para resolver sus problemas y expresar sus opiniones, sin embargo están muy alejados de la cúpula política que toma las desiciones del país.

La actitud general de los jóvenes ante el Estado transita entre la ironía, el anhelo y el desdén por la vieja escuela política. Decepcionados, los jóvenes de América Latina desconfían de los líderes políticos, no muestran interés en los debates y se refugian en expresiones artísticas y en las nuevas tecnologías.

Diversos organismos multilaterales, gobiernos nacionales, regionales y locales, así como las organizaciones no

gubernamentales y la empresa privada, reconocen los obstáculos que se pueden suscitar si millones de

jóvenes en América Latina se marginan del estudio y el trabajo. Por ello, como bien lo dice la OIT, primero reflexionar sobre la juventud tiene implicaciones laborales, sociales, económicas y políticas: “Hacer propuestas para promover trabajo decente y empleos productivos para los jóvenes es optar por fortalecer la democracia, apoyar la cohesión social y contribuir con el crecimiento económico”.

About Guest Blogger

Laura was born in Havana, Cuba. Her passions include journalism and social work. Currently she is working in news production for Grupo Televisa, in Mexico City, and is an active member of the “Vanguardia Network” of EVAC. In this context, through AGENTS 360, Laura has become a “digital reporter” along with 200 other Latin‐American youth working on different initiatives in their communities. In particular, she helps migrants in the Mexican‐ American border, exposing the problems faced by them during their journey with the help of social networks (“AYUDALOS A LLEGAR”). She is also working on a documentary entitled “MENTE LIBRE”, about the link between art and inmates in Mexican penitentiaries. Laura firmly believes that thanks to social networks all projects are possible, as there are no borders and “we all become citizens of the world.”

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