2008 National Human Development Report
The report analyses diverse aspects of opportunities that can be provided for youth such as in the fields of education, health, employment and participation and suggests possible areas for action.
The 2008 NHDR on Youth in Turkey has used an unorthodox approach in its preparation. Young people in Turkey have widely been involved especially during the research.
In addition, a comprehensive State of Youth Survey was carried out among more than 3,000 young individuals aged 15-24 in 12 different regions (Istanbul, Adana, Malatya, Ankara, İzmir, Bursa, Tekirdağ, Diyarbakır, Samsun, Trabzon, Kayseri and Erzurum) sampling the entire country and twenty eight focus groups were organized with youth and adults. The views and opinions of more than 200 youth and 30 adults were collected during the focus group meetings.
The evidence from the survey as well as from the focus groups was used throughout the report to explain the views and proposals of young people, often with direct quotations.
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- According to the 2007 Population Census, there are more than 12 million young people between the ages of 15-24 in Turkey, corresponding to 17.6 % of the total population.
- Turkey needs to go beyond its present rather problem-based, sectoral approach to youth with a comprehensive youth policy and with institutions to ensure follow-up action.
- Compulsory schooling needs to be raised and equal education opportunities need to be improved.
- 2.2 million young women who are neither in education nor at work should not be forgotten when formulating policies.