Youth future in the balance [Archives:2005/871/Reportage]

August 25 2005

By Emad Jawi & N'ama Azazi
For the Yemen Times

What is the fate? What after spending 17 years in acquisition of knowledge? What after the possession of minds armed with science and information? Shall we exploit these minds to render benefit to our society or shall they be ignored to put extra burden on the society? Can a man employ such a divinely gift bestowed on us by Allah in a better way to attain a specific object?

Youths are perceived to pursue another way. A graduate from the faculty of commerce and economics has become a teacher of Islamic education in primary stages. A holder of bachelor degree from the department of English at the faculty of arts has become a salesman at a clothes shop.

What a change in scales. Where is the gap? Does it lie in the scale or in the owner of the scale? Such questions revolve in the minds of graduates. Which party is responsible for such changes?

Answers to such questions give gestures to all the social, economic and domestic situations, as well as to the policy that poses an insurmountable challenge to hopes and dreams. Youths may grow up in a poor environment dominated by difficulties and sufferings. They are found to conduct their ways surpassing any barriers or problems. They find themselves compelled to grasp any job opportunity as a source of income to sustain their families and meet their basic needs even though these opportunities do not fit. The main reason behind this is “connection”, a phenomenon that is widely spread in our society and gives an opportunity only for those who already have an access to it.

People who have connections can achieve their ambitions at the expense of others who are able and skilled to occupy vacancies. This phenomenon and other issues are felt daily by every individual while dealing with others in different aspects of life.

But, what about the morrow? Will such a situation remain as a nightmare preoccupying minds of our youth who hold university certificates? We tend to fear our feature and what will happen, and become floating between reality of the present and mirage of the future.

This is merely a viewpoint full of questionings by every male and female student in secondary schools who are overwhelmed by fear and anxiety that their dreams and ambitions may become mirage in the future. We do not generalize the situation to all youths in the society. There are several who scored success and followed better ways until attaining their objectives. Prediction seems to be very difficult particularly when it is focused on the future. We hope future to be an illumination through which a postgraduate sees the path to successful ambition.