Eighty per cent of Gozitan youths like the village feast. The photo shows young people celebrating during the popular feast of Santa Maria held in August. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi
More than a third of Gozitans aged between 10 and 30 years feel the Maltese look down on them, a new study shows.
While 36 per cent of respondents feel the Maltese look on them with disdain, 14 per cent think it is not the case and 40 per cent believe this happens occasionally.
The study, called Young People In Gozo, follows a similar one carried out in 2000 and aims to provide a snapshot of young people on the sister island. It was carried out by the Oasi Foundation and coordinated by University lecturer Andrew Azzopardi.
It addresses a number of topics ranging from travelling habits and drug and alcohol consumption to religious opinions and employment situation.
The study, launched yesterday during a ceremony in Gozo, was based on several focus groups and a questionnaire filled in by more than 300 people between the age of 10 and 30.
Results show that 86 per cent of respondents live in Gozo for most of the year. About 14 per cent travel to Malta once a week, 16 per cent every day and seven per cent twice a week.
Forty per cent spend up to €10 a week on their travels and 41 per cent fork out between €11 and €25.
The percentage of those who believe that Gozo offers enough work opportunities
Only six per cent said they believed Gozo offered enough work opportunities with 87 per cent saying it did not. Yet, the majority, 63 per cent, prefer to work in Gozo.
Results show that 48 per cent of those aged between 15 and 24 are employed while 52 per cent are unemployed. Results change for those between 25 and 30 years old, where 95 per cent are employed.
The report points out that young Gozitans participate in their communities, with 36 per cent of those aged between 10 and 30 being involved in NGOs. About 64 per cent do voluntary work.
About 80 per cent of Gozitan youths like the village feast and 58 per cent feel there is too much development going on on their beloved island.
The document lists a range of recommendations that include the need to have more structures where young people can meet and socialise, strive harder to stop the further urbanisation of Gozo and provide more tools to help young people enter the job market.
It also proposes offering a wider repertoire of courses at the Gozo University Centre, improving the link to the mainland, strengthening the first points of contact crucial to young people such as the Employment and Training Corporation and social services, and promoting young people’s well being.
A social snapshot
• 98 per cent of respondents said they were heterosexual.
• 88 per cent are satisfied with their upbringing.
• Nine per cent experienced physical, sexual or mental abuse.
• 24 per cent experienced bullying at school.
• 82 per cent are tolerant towards gay people.
• 53 per cent are tolerant towards prisoners and drug addicts.
• 44 per cent are tolerant towards irregular immigrants.
• 95 per cent believe in God and 76 per cent go to Mass once a week.
• 91 per cent never consumed illegal substances.
• 88 per cent say they disapprove of abortion.
• 61 per cent disagree with euthanasia and 30 per cent said it depended on the respective circumstances.
• 36 per cent approve of separation and 46 per cent said it depends on the situation.
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