Who is a youth? What is the future of our youth in this modern era?
“This world demands the quality of youth; not a time of life but a state of mind, temper of the will, a quality of imagination, predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite for adventure over love of ease – Robert Kennedy”
The word “youth” has be something so explicit or obvious to every human being on earth.
Who is a Youth?
According to Oxford advanced learners dictionary, youth is defined as the time when a person is young especially the time before child becomes adult.
Also according to Webster’s Dictionary “the time in life when one is young; especially;
- The period between childhood and maturity
- The early period of existence
Also the age in which a person is considered as “youth” and eligible for special treatment under the law and through out society varies around the world
Secondly, the science of psychology describes youth as the period of later adolescence and early adulthood, at least between the ages of 10 to 30; various countries and some of the scholars have their own definition of youth.
The United Nations general assembly has since accepted youth as people who are in the age bracket of 15 – 25 years.
In some African countries like Nigeria, the draft youth policy puts youth in the age of 6 – 30 years.
The commonwealth youth programme states “youth” as young people between the 15-29 years of age.
The government of Tasmanian define “youth” as a people between the ages of 20 – 25 years of age.
According to National highway traffic safety commission a “youth” is defined a person who is under 21 years of age.
“This world demand the quality of youth; not a time of life but a state of mind, temper of the will, a quality of imagination, predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite for adventure over love of ease – Robert Kennedy”
“Youth is an alternative word of the scientifically oriented adolescence and the common terms of teen or teenage. Another common title for youth is a young person or young people.”
Around the world. The terms “youth”, adolescence, teenager and young person are interchanged, often meaning the same thing, occasionally differentiated. Youth generally refers to the time of life that is neither childhood nor adulthood, but rather somewhere in-between.
Youth also identifies a particular mindset of the attitude, as in “he is very youthful” the term youth is also related to being young.