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What are the Southeast Asian youth concerned about?

Zafar Anjum | May 3, 2012
They are most concerned about employment, economic divide and environmental degradation, says a Microsoft survey.

What exercises the mind of Southeast Asian youth? It's employment opportunities, the growing economic divide and environmental degradation, according to a Microsoft survey of 772 young people from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

According to the people who carried out the survey, 42 percent of the youth found the search for employment to be their greatest personal challenge.

When asked about their global concerns, 68 percent identified the growing economic divide and environmental degradation of the planet as a key concern.

Survey respondents identified education and technology as solutions to many of the issues they are concerned with. A majority 64 percent of youth in Southeast Asia identified technology as a key enabler to the positive development of national education programmes. 

Participants of the survey also revealed that as a whole, technology has benefitted them and their families, with 95 percent expressing that technology has brought a positive impact to their lives.

"Youth are the future. The aim of this survey is to understand the issues which concern them, and assist us to create opportunities for empowerment through technology, training and education. We want to better understand how technology can be used to help them achieve their goals," said Clair Deevy, citizenship lead for Microsoft Asia Pacific. 

The survey was held in conjunction with the inaugural Innovate4Good@Microsoft APAC Youth Conference, which took place in Singapore on 28 and 29 April 2012. The programme saw more than 100 young people from across Asia Pacific engage in discussions about technology's role in bridging the opportunity divide.

"Based on the feedback from the survey and conference, Microsoft will pursue programmes and partnerships to help close the opportunity divide," Deevy continued.


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