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A young nation: 40% of Egypt's population are under 18

38 million of the total population of 104.2 million are children

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Nov 2017
Egyptian school children (Reuters)
Egyptian school children (Reuters)
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Thirty-eight million of the total population of 104.2 million are children, CAPMAS said.
Statistics from 2015 put the number of children under the age of 18 in Egypt at 32.5 million, or 36.6% percent of the population that year.
CAPMAS added that 51.7 percent of the population under 18 are male, while 48.3 percent are female.
Egypt’s population reached 104.2 million in 2017. Some 94.98 million live within Egypt while 9.4 million live abroad.
The number of children under four years of age reached 34 percent of those under 18, while the number of between 15-17 years reached 14.5 percent.
According to education ministry statistics, 28 percent of eligible male children and 27.9 percent of eligible females were registered in kindergarten in the 2015-2016 school year.
The ministry estimated that 91.3 percent of male children and 93.5 percent of female children were registered in primary school, while 80.6 percent of male children and 86.4% of females were registered in preparatory education.
The percentage of children who dropped out of primary education was 0.5 percent for males and 0.4 percent for females; the total number of drop-outs in preparatory education is while was 4.1 percent in the school year 2015-2016.
The CAPMAS report said that almost 119,000 children in the age range 10-17 were married, 93.4 percent of them girls.
The Ministry of Social Solidarity said earlier this year that 16 percent of Egyptian girls marry before the age of 18, a violation of Egyptian laws which the government aims to combat.
On the use of technology information tools, CAPMAS said 46.9 percent of children aged between 4-17 use mobile phones, while the percentage is 80.6 percent for those aged 15-17.
The report found that 24.8 percent of children aged between 4-17 and 48 percent between 15-17 use computers.
The percentage of children who use the internet is 21 percent among those aged 4-17 and 47.5 percent among those aged 15-17.
According to the government's 2016 Information and Communications Technology Indicators report, the number of internet users in Egypt in 2015 reached 29.8 million or 37.8 percent households and individuals.
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