Kampala- A new report on the state of the world population has recommended that the youth need to acquire relevant knowledge and skills if developing countries like Uganda are to benefit from them for social and economic progress.

The youth population in the country accounts for more than 78 per cent of the entire population that currently stands at 34.9 million people. The state of Uganda Population Report 2014 shows that youth are grappling with unemployment which remains a major challenge.

Unemployment among youth stands at more than 65 per cent despite a 10 per cent employment rate, according to the report.

In the World Population Report 2014, Uganda is grouped together with Chad and Niger where half of the youth are under 16 years of age.

“Education is critical. The skills and knowledge young people acquire must be relevant to the current economy and enable them become innovators, thinkers and problem-solvers,” the report reads in part. It adds: “Lack of meaningful work among young people is playing into frustration that has in some instances contributed to social unrest or unmanaged migration.