Young people and children in developing and crisis regions face enormous challenges and dangers. They grow up under extremely difficult conditions and usually have no future prospects.
The following figures clearly illustrate the difficult situation of young people:
- 103 million young people can neither read nor write, more than 60% of them are women.
- In conflict-affected countries and regions, 50% of children/teenagers cannot complete primary school.
- Around 2.1 million young people live with HIV. AIDS is the second leading cause of death among young people worldwide.
- Mortality is the second leading cause of death for girls aged 15-19 years.
- One in three women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence.
- Around 75 million young people are unemployed.
- The unemployment rate among young people is twice as high as among adults.
- Women earn on average 24% less than men.
- Over 156 million (or 37.7%) of young workers worldwide live in poverty.
This is exactly where Horyzon's education program comes in, by helping to reduce and remedy these shortcomings. It enables young people to become active themselves, to change their life realities and to work for a more positive future.
Although young people between the ages of 15 and 24 (as defined by the UN) form a very diverse group and understand youth differently according to culture and social context, they go through five transitions during this time (World Development Report 2007). These five barriers essentially determine future individual well-being and determine further social and societal development:
- Completing further education
- Getting into employment
- Accepting a healthy lifestyle
- Become a family
- Exercise civil rights
Horyzon focuses on three areas that together form the basis for a sustainable way of life and allow young people to successfully master them:
- Education in the area Health promotion (Healthy lifestyle, starting a family)
- Training in the area Labour market ability (Continuing education, taking up gainful employment)
- Social education (exercise citizens' rights)
- On the five transitions from adolescent to adult:
World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation (S. 67ff)