Youth and Information: 2011

There are now more than 2,700,000 students aged between 14 and 19, among which 1,802,000 boys, participating in “The Quality Information in the Classroom” initiative, promoted by the Ossevatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori: this is the extremely representative sample out of which the “Youth Information” research was conducted  by Gfk-Eurisko. Not only has this initiative been popular among students and teachers, but it has brought tangible results in terms of growth: more than 750,000 copies were sold to the young public interested in the 10 years of the Osservatorio’s activities, presided by Andrea Ceccherini.

Between the ongrowing data, the growth in appreciation of "The Quality Information in the Classroom" project, was reported to have increased from 23% to 32% from 2010 to 2011. The request to continue this experience is univocal and confirmed by 60% of students, many of which (62%) participated more than once. Teachers have expressed gratitude towards "The Quality Information in the classroom" initiative as it has allowed them the possibility to rediscover their formative role by dealing with teaching through new and exciting stimuli. Teenagers, in parallel,discover the world outside of their bubble, and explore various fields like politics, economics and civic duties and rightsThe survey shows that teens are open to technological innovation and will be the carriers of the change that will bring the network means of communication to the first place of preferences expressed bymodern generations.

The research also shows how digital and online newspapers are now the most used platform by young people thanks to their ability to catch the attention and engage the readers in a pleasant and direct form both on the content and structure. Nevertheless, the paper newspaper remains the most reliable and thorough between all.

The survey indicates that young people seem to have high expectations regarding their future: 72% has the intention to reach the summit of his career and 77% is aware that he will have to build his career with his own means. However, concerns are still present: 57% is worried about his future, but 59%  wishes to grow up and mature. The work environment and the young generations is a sensitive relationship that emerges and is influenced by the crisis that occured in the last years. To note that 73% of teenagers declares to be very or somewhat concerned, 56% worries about getting the right skills for work and 50% is concerned about not understanding basic work dynamics. Unemployment is also at risk- in the last trimester, Istat estimated a rate of unemployment, still increasing, of 8.7%. Out of this data, it is especially the youth unemployment between 15 and 24 years of age to record this increase, reaching a percentage of 24.7%. Students have also shown a distrust in institutions and appear to be distant and uninterested in politics.  A tendency that also reflects on the concept of citizenship and opens a discussion on the importance and necessity of civic education in classrooms.

The research underlines one last fact: the participation in “The Quality Information in the Classroom” project, increases young people’s propensity to social commitment and their interest in similar topics. Subjects like economy and finance, record a rate of interest of 27% among the non participants, against a rate of 49% among the participants to the project. The same scheme is repeated on topics like politics (17% vs 46%) or the duties a citizen must have towards the State.

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