Definition of Youth

The Youth Department within the Ministry of Youth and Sports considers youth within the range from 0 to 30 years of age.

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Marriageable Age

  • Opposite Sex
  • Same Sex
  • Without parental consent
  • with parental consent
  • Male
  • 21
  • 17
  • --
  • Female
  • 21
  • 15
  • --



  • No specific legislation for same-sex marriage. Homosexual acts legal. Source: UNSD, ILGA

Candidacy Age

Criminal Responsibility

10
Minimum Age
Source:  UN Child Rights Report
(2014)

Majority Age

18

Source: FOSIGRID

Voting Age

18

Situation of Young People

Literacy Rates

99.03%
Both sexes (15-24) %
  • 98.41% Male (15-24) %
  • 99.66% Female (15-24) %

Net Enrolment Rate

Secondary School
57.20%
Both sexes %
  • 51.72%Male %
  • 62.84% Female %

Situation of Young People

Prevalence of HIV

0.3%
Male (15-24) %
0.3%
Female (15-24) %

Tobacco Use

Consumed any smokeless or smoking tobacco product at least once 30 days prior to the survey.
19.20%
Both sexes (13-15) %
  • 20.70% Male (13-15) %
  • 16.60% Female (13-15) %
  • Year: 2010
  • Source: WHO

Policy & Legislation

Is there a national youth policy?
Yes
The youth policy development is completed, but the new youth policy is not yet online.

The United Nations Development Assistance Framework for Suriname for the period 2012-2016 lists the drafting of a national youth policy as one of the achievements of previous engagement. Remarks made by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs in March 2014 in New York outline that the “national youth policy is aimed at creating conditions for the full development of youth, which consists of a number of relevant issues, namely education and training, development and participation, protection and opportunities.” The policy, according to the Minister, “promotes social participation as well as participation in the development process.”

Public Institutions

Is there a governmental authority
(ministry, department or office) that is primarily responsible for youth?
Yes
The Ministry of Youth and Sports of Suriname has a dedicated Youth Department. According to the 2014 State Party Report on Children Rights in Suriname, in 2010 the government also installed a “national commission for monitoring of the implementation of all child and youth related policies, namely: The Presidential Committee for Child and Youth Policy.”

Youth and Representation

Does the country have a national youth organisation / association (council, platform, body)?
Unclear
The Youth Minister has explained in remarks made in 2014 that a national youth parliament exists. While media reports confirm its existence, it remains unclear which objectives the youth parliament seeks to achieve, what structures it has and how representative and inclusive it is. The National Youth Assembly (SNJA) seems to be a second umbrella organisation, but has no active online presence.

Budget & Spending

What is the budget allocated to the governmental authority (ministry, department or office) that is primarily responsible for youth and/or youth programming?
Unclear
No documentation on the budget for youth in Suriname could be found online. The World Bank does not calculate spending on education as a percentage of government expenditure or GDP for Suriname from 2000.
Total Expenditure on Education as a Percentage of Government Spending and GDP

  • % of GDP
  • % of gov. expenditure

Source: World Bank
Gaps indicate missing data from the original data source. (Accessed May 2014).

Additional Background

The 2014 Child Rights State Party Report documents that,
 “...the government installed a national commission for monitoring of the implementation of all child and youth related policies, namely: The Presidential Committee for Child and Youth Policy (2010). This committee falls directly under the President and is comprised of 10 members, all of which are experts in various areas of child and youth affairs. The main tasks of the committee are: development of integrated policy, development of an action plan, monitoring of the implementation of the plan and advising the president on urgent priority interventions. The recent national development plan 2012-2016, the portfolios of the different ministries, the recent situation analysis of children, the CRC and the Paramaribo Declaration on Youth (2010), MDGs and other relevant international agreements, are applied as the broader frame of reference. Key priority policy areas have been identified: ECD (0-8yrs), Adolescents (13-21yrs), Violence, Vulnerable Children and Development Opportunities. Basic principles are: a multisectoral, rights-based approach, sustainable development, gender and social equality. Consultations rounds have been held with different stakeholders.”