Definition of Youth
There is no clear definition of youth on the General Organization for Youth and Sports (GOYS) website, nor in any of its publications.
- Opposite Sex
- Same Sex
- Without parental consent
- with parental consent
Situation of Young People
- 99.78% Male (15-24) %
- 99.74% Female (15-24) %
- Year: 2015
- Source: UNESCO
Net Enrolment RateSecondary School
- 84.30%Male %
- 87.36% Female %
- Year: 2012
- Source: UNESCO
Situation of Young People
Policy & Legislation
It is unclear if Bahrain currently has a national youth policy. According to a UNDP press release in May 2011, a pre-launch event was held for the “National Youth Strategy 2011-2015”, which was drafted though a partnership between UNDP and the General Organization for Youth and Sports (GOYS). The strategy was described as advocating for the promotion of culture and belonging, education linked to innovation and enhancing skills such as IT and languages. It would also integrate several sectors including education, work, information technologies and health. As of the date of the publication of this fact sheet, the GOYS website has no mention of the youth strategy nor the partnership with UNDP. The strategy also does not appear to exist anywhere online.
(ministry, department or office) that is primarily responsible for youth?
Youth and Representation
Budget & Spending
- % of GDP
- % of gov. expenditure
Source: World Bank
Gaps indicate missing data from the original data source. (Accessed August 2013).
GOYS adopts an integrated strategy to manage the youth and sports sectors, with many branches of plans and long term programs, which helps in improving the young generation in the country and their ability, and to raise the Bahrain sports sector on the other hand [...]
The Youth Centers Affairs Directorate works very hard to develop the youth centers which are distributed all around the Kingdom, and through providing programs and activities, aims at boosting the role of the youth centers in the community and working to embrace the youth and directing their interests to serve the nation and promote their gains.
The Clubs Affairs Directorate has taken upon themselves the responsibility of promoting clubs and national development, thus contributing to drive the youth and sports movement in the Kingdom. It will also enhance the national movement in supporting sports teams, which is the main tributary of the Bahraini national teams.
The Projects and Facilities Directorate is working on completing the designs and architectural drawings for all sporting infrastructure projects and a comprehensive assessment of all facilities in the Kingdom and work on the maintenance and maintained as a national treasure.
While The Human and Financial Resources Directorate, under the umbrella of His Excellency the President of the General Organization for Youth and Sports, provides support to all directorates of the General Organization for Youth and Sports, and make the best use of the human and financial resources in accordance to the regulations of the Civil Service Court and based on the regulations of the standard finance manual.From Human Rights Watch - Bahrain: Security Forces Detaining Children (2013):
Bahrain security forces routinely detain children without cause and subject them to ill-treatment that may rise to the level of torture, Human Rights Watch said today, based on reports from victims, family members and legal rights activists.
On September 12, 2013, the European Parliament issued a further resolution on the deteriorating rights situation in Bahrain, urging it, among other things, “to respect the rights of juveniles, to refrain from detaining them in adult facilities, and to treat juveniles in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Bahrain is a party”.
“Rounding up kids, throwing them in jail and beating and threatening them is no way for a country to treat its children,” said Joe Stork, acting Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The Bahraini authorities need to look into these allegations and immediately call a halt to any arbitrary arrests and mistreatment of children.”[...]From The Precarious Ally: Bahrain’s Impasse and U.S. Policy (2013):
The youth are rising up. The February 14 Youth Coalition—a leaderless network formed in the early days of Bahrain’s uprising—is winning over some of Al Wefaq’s supporters. It has rejected dialogue with the regime, called for the creation of a republic, and confronted security forces with sporadic violence. [...]
Increasingly, a younger generation of activists became convinced that participation in the regime’s “dialogue” and quasi-democratic structures like the parliament was an exercise in futility. Frustrated with the failure of the older cadre of Al Wefaq to deliver any meaningful reforms, as well as the regime’s failed promises, this youthful cohort proved highly susceptible to the wave of protests spreading throughout the region in 2011.
Shortly after the revolts began in Tunisia and Egypt, groups of young, loosely organized youth established Facebook pages exhorting followers to mobilize against the Bahraini regime on February 14, 2011. The calls for demonstrations were largely nonsectarian in outlook; most demanded peaceful reforms and refrained from directly criticizing King Hamad or calling for the overthrow of the Al Khalifa. A few did, however, call for “revolution” and the “fall of the regime” (isqat al-nidham) [...]