Name 2021 - An Advocacy Brief on Adolescents’ Health and COVID-19

Children, adolescents and youth below 29 years of age make up a very significant portion of the Palestinian population. Children 0-14 years made up 39.4% of the total population (2015) while those between 15-29 years made up 30% of the population (36% between 15-19 and 64% between 20-29)1 . According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), youth has previously been defined between the ages of 15-29 and PCBS recently re-defined youth to be defined between 18-292 , while adolescents fall between 12 and 173 . This includes the very formative high school years. The percentage of youth between 18 and 29 years of age in Palestine4 was about 22% or 1.14 million of the total population of 5.10 million. The percentage of youth was about 23% in the West Bank (WB) and 22% in Gaza Strip (GS).

Education and employment
Illiteracy among youth has further reduced, from an already low 1.1% in 2007 to 0.7% in Palestine (0.8% in the WB and 0.7% in GS) overall. This trend is also reflected in an increase in higher education, with 180 in 1000 youths in 2019 in possession of a bachelor's degree or above in Palestine, an increase from 120 in 1000 in 2007. It is notable that this increase is particularly visible among young women (130 in 1000 in 2007, to 230 in 1000 in 2019), although increases can also be witnessed among young men (110 in 1000 to 130 in 1000 over the same time period).

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