UNICEF Representative in BiH reveals why Young People are leaving BiH

January 11, 2019 2:30 PM

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Bosnia Herzegovina Geeta Narayan said that young people are leaving Bosnia because they lost patience.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency in an interview, Narayan said that youth of Bosnia has lost the patience due to lack of hearing and investment in them.

Explaining the activities of UNICEF in Bosnia, Narayan said that they are dealing with the children in the early years of their education as well as their social life and growth development.

“UNICEF is dealing with a wide range of issues concerning the rights of the child. We work in the fields of education, child care, social inclusion and health and early growth and development of children,” said Narayan.

According to her, in Bosnia, as in many other countries of the world, children with disabilities are excluded from education and have many obstacles in order to realize their full potential.

“We have done a lot of events, mini-campaigns and, among other things, we wanted to say that it is best for children with difficulty, as well as for children with disabilities, to be included in a joint educational program because they learn both. This helps all children learn diversity, respect, and mutual support. In September, for example, we organized an event where we recognized individuals who made a special contribution to promoting the social inclusion of children with disabilities,” said a UNICEF representative in BiH.

Narayan pointed out that this year is a particularly significant one for UNICEF in Bosnia and its partners were related to refugee and migrant children.

Earlier in December 2018, the Gallup’s research revealed the number of people in BiH who want to move and this is definitely the biggest alarm for the local authorities.

According to the research, 32 percent of citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina wants to leave the country.

The percentage of the highly educated population who wants to leave BiH is as much as 40 percent. But what is particularly worrying is that 57 percent of young people, aged 15 to 29, want to leave BiH.

This means that if all the young people who wanted to leave from BiH actually leave, the population of our country, in the long run, would be more than halved.

According to a Gallup survey, which has covered nearly half a million people in 152 countries, BiH is 6th worst state in the world when it comes to the population who want to leave. In the first place is Sierra Leone from which 78% of young people want to leave, followed by Liberia, Haiti, El Salvador, Nigeria,  etc.

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