The number of young Vietnamese people aged from 16-30 is estimated at 23.3 million in 2018, accounting for 24.6 percent of the country’s population, down 0.6 percent against the previous year.
The information was released at a seminar to collect ideas for a draft National Report on Vietnamese Youths jointly held by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the United Nations Population Fund in Vietnam (UNFPA) in Hanoi on December 27.
The report aims to carry out a general assessment of the development of young Vietnamese aged 16-30 in the 2020-2018 period, thus providing information about the number of youths, education and vocational training for them, their health status, as well as their participation in building and implementing policies and in community development.
According to the draft report, the academic level of young people is on uptrends, while forms of training for them are also diversified. The number of youths who graduate from high schools rose from 39.7 percent in 2012 to 46.2 percent this year. The illiteracy rate among young people is also decreasing remarkably.
Commenting the draft report, delegates agreed that the draft report provides an insight into the development of Vietnamese youths in the reviewed period.
Dr Nguyen Thi Bich Diem, former deputy head of the Youth Research Institute, said that analyses and comparison in the report show that the proportion of youths in the population structure is on downtrends, while the number of male youths is always higher than that of female youths and the rate rises year after year, which has posed concerning social issues.
She suggested carrying out more policies dedicated to young people, and having further analysis on typical youths such as those who belong to ethnic minority groups or are studying abroad.
Deputy Director of the Internal Political Security Department under the Ministry of Public Security Nguyen Van Ha stressed the need for the report to contain assessments of consequences of foreign culture on young people, as well as major recommendations to improve the legal framework involved in them, and supplement and revise the Youth Law.VNA