Today, there are more adolescents alive on earth than at any other time in history, and this phenomenon has a significant impact on NBU countries. Currently, 60% of Africa’s population, for example, is under the age of 25, and Latin America, Southeast Asia, and India are all experiencing a similar demographic “youth bulge.”
Youth is the driving force behind any economy, and as more of these young people in NBU markets come online, their sheer numbers will certainly influence what the internet will look like for the entire world, more than any generation that’s come before.
That’s why there needs to be additional effort to lower existing barriers to education and ensure they reach their full potential. Collectively, we have a responsibility to equip these young people in NBU markets with access to technology, digital literacy, and the skills and expertise to allow them to enjoy the benefits of education and the internet and contribute to their countries’ economic development.