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Dear colleagues

My name is Mulako from Zambia.

My contribution to this discussion is coming late because I had started a new discussion instead of replying to Andrew.

The definition of a youth varies from country to country. Even in one country, a youth may be defined differently amongst various communities. Generally, a youth is a male or female who is in a stage of life between childhood and adulthood. Development organisations have different definitions of a youth. The UN, for instance, define youth as people aged between 15 and 25 while the Commonwealth define youth as those aged between 15 and 29.

Most countries in Africa define youth as those aged between 18 and 35, guided by the African Youth Charter. Asian countries countries tend to have a higher age bracket for youth, as high as 40.

Youth can also be sociologically defined. For instance, in some societies, anyone married, even at age 13 is an adult, and anyone single even at 40 is a youth. Similarly, youth hood and adulthood may also be determined by whether one has children or not


Mulakom (talk)05:33, 21 February 2011