Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Startling Figure of Jobless Youths

Afghanistan continues to remain plagued by myriads of political, social, cultural and economic problems. Unfortunately since war and fighting have continued over the last ten years along with the presence of international community and influx and flow of international aid money, there has been little done to address those problems and to our unmitigated chagrin these problems are even increasing in some areas.

Afghan authorities have been engrossed in internal power struggle and do not seem much ready as how to counter Taliban and other insurgent groups. Afghan government has not been able to develop big-picture strategy to generate jobs and employment opportunities for the people, in particular for the youth.

Officials from the Ministry of Information and Culture have given a startling figure of unemployed youths. They have said that 4 million people, most of whom are youths, are jobless in Afghanistan. According to the UN statistics, youths make up about 70 percent of Afghan population.

It is to be said that the bureaucracy and administration of the country is not able to recruit graduated youths because it is not updated and upgraded. The concern is that the government is focused solely on reconciliation with Taliban and other militants.

It is said that many young Afghans are recruited by the Taliban to carry out suicide attacks just for about 300 dollars, more or less. Many young Afghans become drug addicts. There are a lot of these addicts and the government is unable to respond to the issue appropriately.

A glimpse around the city of Kabul, particularly under and around the bridges, shows how serious and deplorable the situation of Afghan youths is. Unfortunately, the state-run institutions of higher education do not have enough capacity to admit those young Afghans who graduate from grade 12 every year.

There has been no alternative plan in place to use these graduates who fail to get admitted into universities and other institutes of higher education so as to turn into work force and human resource. As a result, they leave the country and wander along the way to neighboring countries or in other countries of the world.