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KENYA’S YOUNG PEOPLE MOST OPTIMISTIC WORLD WIDE – GATES FOUNDATION REVEALS

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Young people in Kenya are the most optimistic in the world, according to a new study.

According to the Gatekeepers Global Youth Poll, commissioned by the Gates Foundation, teenagers in Kenya and Mexico take the lead as the most hopeful for the future.

More than nine in 10 teenagers in Kenya, Mexico, China, Nigeria and India are positive about their future compared to their peers in France and Sweden.

“Across all 15 countries surveyed, young people expect a brighter future for themselves, their country, and the world, than adults,” the study says.

According to the poll which, sampled young people aged 12 to 24 in 15 countries around the world, kids in middle- and low-income countries have the brightest vision for the world compared to those in the developed nations.

“Eight in ten 12-24-year-olds in low and middle-income countries (79%) say they are optimistic about the future of the world, compared with half of the 12-24-year-olds in higher income countries,”

However, despite being optimistic about the future getting better, young people across the globe are disappointed by politicians, the study further reveals, with a majority convicted that they can play a role in governance and make a difference.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers campaign highlights key differences on optimism, attitudes to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and what people around the world want their leaders to focus on.

The poll conducted by Ipsos sampled  40,506 interviews, which were carried out between July 9, 2018, and August 22, 2018.

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