Pakistan to face a “demographic disaster” if it does not address the needs of its young generation

The report, commissioned by the British Council and conducted by the Nielsen research company, drew a picture of a deeply frustrated young generation that feels abandoned by its government and despondent about its future.

An overwhelming majority of young Pakistanis say their country is headed in the wrong direction, the report said, and only 1 in 10 has confidence in the government. Most see themselves as Muslim first and Pakistani second, and they are now entering a work force in which the lion’s share cannot find jobs, a potentially volatile situation if the government cannot address its concerns.

The young people were civic-minded, with a third saying the purpose of education was to create good citizens. They were also more interested in collective action and volunteer activities than their parents. But they were deeply disillusioned with politics, which they saw as corrupt and based on a system in which personal connections mattered more than merit.

“These are the facts. They might be cruel, but we have to admit them.”

~ Faisal Subzwari, minister of youth affairs for Sindh Province, who attended the presentation of the report in Lahore.

New York Times

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8 Responses to Pakistan to face a “demographic disaster” if it does not address the needs of its young generation

  1. masood says:

    Awful 😦

    Yes, but I am very hopeful that the new generation will play a great role in improving the situation. It will be a slow change, but we’ll get there inshaAllah. Specially when the report also showed that: most of the younger generations see themselves as Muslim first, and are also more interested in collective action and volunteer activities than their parents.

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  3. these facts are pretty discouraging, i read this report yesterday…

    Yes, but there’s a ray of hope in that report as well.

  4. Specs says:

    The fact that a HUGE majority thinks education is very important is something I find very encouraging. Good to know they realize how they’re supposed to improve themselves even if the situation isn’t very encouraging right now!

    Yes indeed!

  5. Francesca says:

    I think that, at least, being consciously disenchanted about the situation, can be the right starting point to keep a more responsible behavior, to improve the things.

    Yes, responsible behavior is a must.

  6. Hi Nadia,
    Been long since I dropped by your site! And apt post too reflecting the sentiments me and the hubby facing at the moment..

    I feel his frustrations too here when he can’t seem to get a job here based on his experience and job credibility… and honestly his application is often passed over due to his nationality…. I really hoping that light at the end of tunnel will be not too far away for this really highly potential group of young Pakistanis 🙂
    It will be even better if the govt will show greater support to these young people!

    p/s: I saw your beautiful photography.. masyallah absolutely stunning!! Am sure will drop by more often! 🙂

  7. nadia says:

    Mrs Umer, welcome back! I missed you.

    I’m sorry to hear about what you and your husband have to go through for his job because of his nationality. I’m very optimistic that we’ll build up a good image professionally soon, inshaAllah.

    And I pray that we get kind, compassionate and responsible rulers soon.

    I’m glad you like the pictures. Thank you 🙂

  8. Mezba says:

    It’s not a very cheery report, isn’t it? Compounded by the fact that educated Pakistanis leave and the ones left behind are those who can’t or won’t do anything – I personally am not very hopeful about Pakistan as a nation!

    To me, it’s all about the leaders and until they realize the old guard should be thrown out, nothing will happen.

    Not very cheery indeed, but hopeful it is. And we do have brilliant minds back home, though they are still a minority. We have a looooooong way to go. But we’re on our way. And yes, the old guard should be thrown out asap.

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