Young people aged 15-24 years
constitute 15.6% of the total population
of Sri Lanka; this means that for every
100 persons there are nearly
16 young people.
As illustrated by the population pyramids below, the large youth population of
working age at present in comparison to the number of dependents
gives Sri Lanka a unique opportunity to reap
the benefits of a demographic bonus.
Grabbing the Opportunity.
To take Sri Lanka to the
next level of development
the right investments have
to be made in young people.
There are a number of challenges that hinder young people in
grabbing the opportunities that they demand. These include:
- Cultural and social barriers
- Limitations in access to comprehensive sexuality education
- Limitations in accessing sexual reproductive health services for young people
- Lack of an enabling environment to recognize the youth potential