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37% of young Venezuelans neither study nor work, according to a national survey

Caracas, Oct 26 (EFE) .- 37% of young people between 15 and 29 years old who reside in Venezuela are not enrolled in any educational center nor are they included in the labor sector, according to the National Youth Survey prepared from the Andrés Bello Catholic University (UCAB).

“Between 2013 and 2021, the phenomenon of ‘double exclusion’ increased in the country, from 23 to 37 the percentage of Venezuelans between 15 and 29 who are not enrolled in an educational center or are inserted in the labor market” explained the UCAB in a press release.

The study, carried out by the Institute for Economic and Social Research (IIES) of the university center, highlighted that this double exclusion affects almost half of women between 20 and 24 years old, and those who are in a situation of non-extreme poverty.

The sampling was carried out between February and August on a sample of 10,765 young people, belonging to the almost 14,000 households that studied in the Survey of Living Conditions (Encovi).

“From 2015 to the present, a period marked by the complex humanitarian emergency that plagues Venezuela and the global pandemic due to covid-19, 880,000 Venezuelans between 20 and 24 years old did not continue their training. Likewise, another 821,000 people, between 15 and 19 years of age, they left the studies two years ago or less, “he added.

The UCAB pointed out that, in 2013, 40% of men and 43% of women between the ages of 18 and 24 were enrolled in an educational center, but currently that figure is between 15 and 20%, respectively.

The study also warned about the “loss of opportunities and limitations for the exercise of the right to education by the young population.”

“At most, they are completing high school and they stay there until there. In the last year, the discontinuity of the educational trajectory has been quite evident,” he added.

At the end of September, the UCAB presented the Encovi where it reflected that 94.5% of Venezuelans live below the poverty line, if this is measured by income.

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