Coronavirus has brought so much uncertainty – to the economy, to jobs and to our lives as a whole. Even before COVID-19 we were facing a massive challenge to provide work for young people entering the labor market. And without effective policies in place when students return to schools, this generation of learners could lose an estimated $10 trillion in earnings over their lifetime.
That’s what we’re asking young people around the world.
To provide a platform for youth, we launched the online campaign #YouthOnCOVID19. In a short video, young people aged 18-35 share what their lives look like in these challenging times. Within a month, we received over 100 videos from around the world. Many expressed their concerns about interruptions to education, increased barriers to employment, and the rising cases of domestic violence and mental health problems in their communities.
In all the submissions, a powerful theme resonates – resilience.Watch some of these remarkable youth as they discuss good governance and civic engagement, financing programs to support businesses, investing in sustainable health systems, and building digital infrastructures for education and jobs.
We are grateful to all of those who participated in this campaign. Thank you for being ambassadors for your communities. As a final note, here’s a message from Soham Das from India - “For some, this pandemic is a rainbow and for others, a dark cloud. All of us know that both don't stay for long.”