The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that the disproportionate effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on young people have exacerbated inequalities and risk weakening the productive potential of an entire generation.
Thursday, August 14 2020 ((rezonodwes.com)) – The Covid-19 crisis is having a devastating effect on the education and training of young people.
An ILO study released this week indicates that since the start of the pandemic, more than 70% of young people who study or combine studies and work are severely affected by the closure of schools, universities and training centers.
“The pandemic inflicts multiple shocks on young people. It not only destroys their jobs and employment prospects, but it also compromises their education and training and ultimately has serious repercussions on their mental well-being, ”warns Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO.
“Faced with this situation, we cannot remain inactive,” said the head of the ILO.
According to the report entitled Young people and the Covid-19: impacts on jobs, the education, rights and mental well-being 65% of young people say they have learned less since the start of the pandemic due to the shift from classroom education to online education and distance during confinement.
Despite their efforts to continue their studies or training, half of them think that the end of their studies will be postponed, and 9% believe that they may have to abandon them permanently. Photo: UNICEF / IOM Bosnia & Herzegovina Many classes for children in migrant and refugee reception centers in Bosnia – like this one in Sedra – have been put online.
The deepened digital divide
The situation is even worse for young people living in the low-income countries, where it is not always easy for them to have access to the internet, equipment, and sometimes a space at home to work.
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Preocc upset about their future
According to the report, 38% of young people have doubts about their career prospects, and the crisis is likely to create more obstacles in the labor market and prolong the transition period between the end of their studies and the moment when young people have their first job.
Some have already been directly affected, one in six young people having been forced to stop working since the start of the pandemic. Young people generally tend to have jobs in industries heavily affected by the pandemic, especially support services, services and sales-related activities, making them more vulnerable to the economic consequences of the pandemic. Forty-two percent of young people who continued to work saw their income decline.
This had an impact on their mental well-being. The survey states that 50 percent of young people may be prone to anxiety or depression, while another 17 percent are likely to have it.
Make sure their voices are heard
Despite the extreme circumstances , young people use their energy to mobilize and express themselves in the fight against the crisis. According to the survey, one in four young people volunteered during the pandemic.
It is essential that young people be able to make their voices heard in order to provide a more inclusive response to the Covid-19 crisis. The report believes that giving young people the opportunity to express their needs and ideas in decision-making processes improves the effectiveness of policies and programs and gives them the opportunity to participate in their implementation.
The report also calls for urgent, large-scale and targeted policy responses to prevent the crisis from jeopardizing the employment prospects of an entire generation of young people.
These responses should include, among other things, reintegration in the labor market people who have lost their jobs or suffered a reduction in their working time, and to ensure that young people benefit from unemployment insurance benefits as well as measures intended to stimulate their mental health, whether as part of psychosocial support or sports activities.