This is one of a series of reports examining shifts in the aspirations of youth for livelihoods, education and qualifications following the policies of economic liberalisation introduced from 1978. It examines shifts over time through comparisons of youth aspirations with the recollected aspirations of the youth’s parents. The study of aspirations is based exclusively on interviews with household members from different class groups. This report focuses on households in Nachchaduwa, a Muslim village in the country’s North Central Province.
Livelihood activities in Nachchaduwa are predominantly based on foreign
employment and business. Key points identified by the surveys include:
female unemployment is very high, at 80%, while a third of men (33%)
are also unemployed
21% of parents had aspired to university education, but none attained
86% of young women aspired to university
more than three quarters of young people did not believe that they had
the means to achieve their aspirations for education or professional
qualifications, due mainly to a lack of aptitude
more than 90 per cent of young people had vocational aspirations and
believed that they have the means to achieve them
while 92% of young people desired work in the government sector, 58%
believed that they would ultimately work for a foreign or joint
venture private company.
Institute of Education, University of London, UK. Report Number 11, 74 pp.