But despite the advantages of life in country-side one in five households in the rural areas lives below the poverty line. The rural population suffers from certain issues such as the chronic lack of affordable housing, difficulty in accessing key services and poor access to training and employment opportunities.
The rural the population, especially young people, face hard-ships accessing the basic facilities and services. This may be because of rising cost of employment or administrative compulsions but the fact remains that more and more young people are migrating towards the bigger towns or major cities in search of a better future. This is more so in case of the young people who are about to make the transition from education to practical field. Over the past few years public policy has become more focused on achieving the social and economic participation of rural youth as they make the transition into adult-hood with a view to provide those more chances to become productive participants in the society. Significant attention and resources have been devoted to engaging greater numbers of young people in post-16 education and training, and raising their attainment. (1).
Young people are a priority group for the Countryside Agency in UK. ...
Young people are a priority group for the Countryside Agency in UK. They make up a significant proportion of the rural population - 30% is aged under-25 and more than 18%, approximately 1.7 million, are under-15. The rural youth has a major stake in yielding the productivity of the natural, economic and social resources. However, to optimize the process they must be given the opportunity to build their livelihoods on their own terms. Also, the general tendency of treating youth as a "problem" rather than a resource and a source of needed solutions. A major barrier to developing such an understanding and developmental approach is the fact that rural development professionals often do not have a clear understanding of how young people in rural areas access and use the resources to achieve their livelihood strategies. As noted by Midgely and Bradshaw (2006), "The engagement and involvement of young people in rural communities is crucial for the social and economic sustainability, and success of those communities going forward into the future. However, large numbers of young people in rural areas feel that they have to 'get out' to 'get on': a natural response to the often limited education opportunities and poorly paid, low-skilled and insecure employment options available. Meanwhile, it is often young people without resources (whether personal networks, educational and/or financial) who stay behind".
The report highlights how the interplay between current education and skills policy and living in a rural area affects young people. After examining this evidence, we look to the future and consider how forthcoming policy developments may impact on the life chances of rural young people, and what actions may need to be taken to ensure that the