Our youth is our future. With 60% of the Saudi population under 30 yrs old they are paving the way for change in a society based heavily on traditions and tribal customs. So there is this elephant in the room so to speak, where there is a hush hush of this cultural tension between tradition and what people want today. Eventually it will explode if left unaltered or un-addressed amongst society.
I myself wish I could just hop in my car and drive, but I can’t. I wish I could go to the movies, mind you PG rated, but that’s just me, but I can’t. Personally speaking I feel this constant pressure to conform, when I love being unique and individualistic.
Some of the biggest issues facing the youth today are: public school curriculum, unemployment, which has cascaded into many other social issues, finances with regards to marriage and costs of living, sport facilities for both males and females, art/science museums and facilities for the youth to engage in, volunteering opportunities and organizations targeting the youths. And for the guys out there, there are the security guys manning the entrance at the malls, forbidding male youths from entering. And of course there is the infamous HAIA patrolling around policing the people. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for religion and reminding others to do good, but these people have way too much power and too much time on their hands.
The youth need to engage in society, it is vital to their development. If Saudi Arabia wants productive contributing members in its society then people need to wake up!
Avenues need to be created for this sizeable population. The youth of today will lead this country tomorrow. That is why the society and government need to focus on them before it’s too late and the country feels the consequences of failing the majority of its population.
Do you have any comments, personal experiences, suggestions or solutions to this issue facing the Saudi youth. If you do please speak up and be a part of the change.
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