Nigeria’s economy today was named number 1 in Africa and 26th in the world yet Nigerian youth have been ranked the least happy in the world in the first ever Youth Wellbeing Index released on Friday April 4, by the International Youth Foundation, IYF, and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS.
The study was done in 30 countries, representing nearly 70 per cent of the world’s youth population; defined as people between 12 -24 years old. It rated the wellbeing of youth using six interconnected aspect of the lives of youth across the world; namely, “citizen participation, economic opportunity, education, health, information and communications technology (ICT), and safety and security.”
Nigeria ranked last in education in the countries surveyed; 29th in healthcare only better than Uganda; also ranked 29th in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT); came last in providing safety and security for its youth; 27th position in the area of economic opportunities for youth and 17th position in citizen participation.
Overall, Australian youth were ranked as the happiest in the world. The country was rated in the top ten in all of the aspects considered in the survey.