Definition of Youth
While the National Youth Policy (2011) does not explicitly define an age range for youth, it recognises that the National Institute for Youth (INJU) uses the range 14-29 years, while the Ibero-American Convention on the Rights of Youth (2005) uses 15-24 years.
- Opposite Sex
- Same Sex
- Without parental consent
- with parental consent
Source: Inter-Parliamentary Union
Situation of Young People
- 98.67% Male (15-24) %
- 99.36% Female (15-24) %
- Year: 2015
- Source: UNESCO
Net Enrolment RateSecondary School
- 68.05%Male %
- 76.13% Female %
- Year: 2010
- Source: UNESCO
Situation of Young People
Policy & Legislation
Uruguay’s national youth policy (PNJ) covers the years 2011-2015 and sets objectives, actions and goals in four areas:
- Emancipation (relating to access to decent work and housing);
- Comprehensive health and quality of life;
- Participation, citizenship and culture.
The policy is developed in five-year cycles, while local authorities develop yearly operational plans. Youth indicators are to be developed by the Social Monitoring and Indicators Programme within the Ministry of Social Development (MIDES) to aid with monitoring and evaluation.
(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 May 2014).
Despite the existence of a National Strategy to Support Childhood, it has not been implemented, resulting in children facing problems such as child poverty and a high dropout rate in the secondary level of education.
Child Poverty: Uruguay has advanced considerably in reducing poverty in the last few years. Unemployment has reached the historical level of 7% and investment in social and educational policies has been significant. Nonetheless, despite the remarkable economic development, children represent a significant share of the poor in Uruguay. Child poverty among children under 6 years old is around 27% in the country and 35% in the capital, Montevideo.
Access to Education: The secondary level of education in Uruguay has been facing several structural problems that lead to a number of students abandoning the school system. According to recent data 44% of the students that were in the secondary education system didn’t achieve the marks to pass, and in the sixth grade almost 60% was not approved. According to data from 2008, 3 out of 10 students that failed to pass did not register for the courses in the following year, leaving the educational system. In addition, a survey conducted by the Statistics Institute shows that 71,8% of the urban population completes primary school, while only 38,5% completes secondary school and is able to go to the university.From The Challenge of Youth Employment in Present-Day Uruguay (2010-2014) (2012):
In the past few years, the Uruguayan economy has been growing at rates above the historical average (6 per cent in 2011), while achieving the lowest unemployment rate in its history (5.7 per cent in January 2012). This combines with an increase in real salaries (5.8 per cent of annual growth as of February 2012) and a reduction in poverty (13.7 per cent in 2011) and extreme poverty (0.5 per cent in 2011). This growth has been fuelled4 by an increase in both internal and external demand, the latter as a result of growth by emerging economies (including Argentina and Brazil) and the rising price of commodities, and the former thanks to rising household incomes and foreign direct investment [...]. The most notable risks are related to the fact that Uruguay is still a small and vulnerable economy that needs to catch up in terms of international integration.
Current issues facing Uruguay include its significant commercial dependence on the region, although this has lessened over the past decade; the preponderance of raw material and food exports, which has been growing; the increase in foreign direct investment over the past few years, and sagging competitiveness due to the value of the national currency and prices [...]
Young people are mainly employed privately as salaried workers, with a significant presence in the commercial sector, particularly among the 18-to-24 age group. Manufacturing is also relevant, as are the sectors of agriculture, forestry and fishing, with employment of youth in the latter being on par with adult age groups.
It is furthermore particularly worrying that one out of every two young people (aged 18 to 24) in employment work over 40 hours per week. [...] This makes it difficult to combine work, studies and training. The different levels of education attained by young people are one of the most heterogeneous aspects between generations, and this is a crucial factor affecting present and future standards of living. In Uruguay, 24.5 per cent of adolescents between the ages of 15 and 17 do not go to school, with this figure ris- ing to 53.2 per cent among young people between 18 and 24 [...]. This situation has historically characterised the country; indeed, younger persons have a higher average number of years in formal education than older ones. Uruguay lags behind other MERCOSUR countries in this regard, and its secondary school completion rates have not increased significantly in the past 15 years.