Some countries have a huge percentage of their population under the age of twenty nine. Other countries, the majority of their younger population is of lower-income or social status (the latter being much more sad and unfair).
What’s interesting and, somewhat, unfortunate about Upper Egypt’s youth culture is it incorporates both of these actualities. Over sixty percent of Upper Egypt’s youth is between the ages of fifteen to twenty nine years of age and will continue to grow over the next decade; nearly thirty percent of Egypt’s population in under the age of twenty-nine. This is, nevertheless, a clear opportunity for higher proportions of productivity, innovation, and consumption; however, with the overall high unemployment rates, it is evident the county has yet to benefit from it.
In spite of the major socio-economic gap between the rich minority and the poor majority, Egyptians took the streets by storm and demanded the then President Hosni Mubarak and his government to be removed, a couple of years ago. This revolt was a result of years of frustration over poverty and exclusion from social, economic, and political opportunity.
Youth played a leading, central role in the revolution demanding political change. Across all of Egypt, youth initiated organization to protect their societies and break down the very system that has them feeling invisible and politically minimal. However, despite the increasing cynicism towards their government, Egypt’s youth still relies heavily on its central regime to solve social and economic problems. Surpassing this notion of dependency is the most important task Egypt faces today, particularly for its next generation that has been longing for it for so long. The youth of Egypt has clearly stated their presence in society and expressed their aspirations for higher engagement; it is now up to Egyptian society to respond.