Youth around the world

Youth around the world


Young people making change happen


Young voters are being urged to engage in civic elections by a national youth group trying to get youths to the ballot box, reported CBC news.
A new campaign is aiming to change the apathetic attitude of youth – before election day on October 25.
Brenden Johnstone of the Canadian Youth Assembly says the “Don’t be Boring” initiative aims to engage young voters in the issues.
“Democracy can’t be sexy until we’re involved in it,” he said. “Decisions that are made at council are going to affect us now, they’re going to affect us in five years and in 25 years.”


Spain & Greece: Widespread social unrest in these Mediterranean states is soon expected to come to a head with public protests, largely fuelled by youth.
“[Youth] might be more inclined to protest this time due to the unemployment they face,” said Carlos Berrera, a political communication expert at University of Navarre in Spain, in an interview with Reuters.
“Young people are in rage, and this is combined with a complete absence of optimism,” said Costas Panagopoulos, who works for the Greek survey firm Alco Pollsters. “For the time being, they are extremely pessimistic, looking for a way out.”


LAOS: India is viewed as an ideal destination for higher education and learning language skills by the young people in Laos, according to the Economic Times.
Many of the country’s students are learning English in lieu of the national language, French, to capitalise on globalisation, and India is a more popular destination than China and Australia due to more scholarships for higher studies.
Khamdy Bounchaleun, a journalist with the official Lao television, went to New Delhi to learn English.
“I liked India so much I wanted to stay there much longer,” he said.


Virginia: Ashoka, a leading group of social entrepreneurs, and Staples Inc announced the winners of their Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition. They were:

  • Rebecca Kantar, who co-founded Minga, a global youth-run civic organisation that work to stop sex trafficking by educating teens.
  • Mohammed Berry, of the republic of Gambia, who contracted HIV at age 7, fought on to create Aid for Smiles, a group of social activists who empower vulnerable young people.
  • Ben Lyon created FronLineSMS: Credit, which is pioneering technology that is connecting microfinance institutions to their borrowers via cell phones in Sierra Leone, to help people financially recover from natural disasters.
  • Shiv Dravid is this week's Lift global youth of the week (see at the bottom). This year's deadline is September 30, 2010 For more info visit


kenya: President Mwai Kibaki has urged youth to embrace the new constitution with courage and take advantage of existing opportunities to help propel Kenya to the next level of socio-economic and political transformation.
“This constitution is about present and future opportunities. Embrace it with courage and with an open mind,” the president advised young people.
President Kibaki was speaking at State House in Nairobi where he presented gold community service awards to 602 young Kenyans who had been participating in service programmes for the past 18 months. Kibaki commended the youth for being agents of reform and change in their country.

Australia & New Zealand

AUSTRALIA’S university system is likely to become more decentralised during the next 50 years because of burgeoning population pressures, according to experts.
Demographer Graeme Hugo predicted an extra five million people would live in regional areas by 2050.
“If we are going to see regional development in Australia on a more substantial scale, it’s necessary for universities to be an important part of that,” he told The Australian.
A lack of universities has led youth away from these areas, and Hugo said more courses such as arts and science need to be offered through rural satellite campuses.

Shiv Dravid founded The Viewspaper, a youth journalism website ( in India seen by more than 150,000 readers a month, with daily articles written by youth staff writers. Shiv has plans to branch out to 50 sites within the next year.


  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • China-Cambodia tourism forum held

    The Cambodian tourism sector must be prepared to welcome a growing number of Chinese tourists, as they lead the globe in the number of outbound travellers and were responsible for the most visitors to the Kingdom last year, the country’s tourism minister said on