The impact of COVID Crisis on young people varies country to country and society to society.
According to a study by the International Labour Organization (ILO), young people are paying a heavy price for the Covid-19 pandemic, especially young women.
The situation is alarming and according to the study published Tuesday, the pandemic has had a “systematic, profound and disproportionate” impact on these 18-29 year olds, which has “exacerbated inequalities that risk weakening the productive potential of an entire generation”.
The ILO points out that 73% of young people studying or combining studies and work have been hard hit by the closure of schools, universities and training centers.
Not all of them have been able to continue their e-learning, especially in poor countries. The wide digital discrepancy between regions became apparent on this occasion: while 65% of young people from high-income countries were able to follow their courses by videoconference, only 18% of those living in low-income countries were able to continue studying online.
Even those who have taken the courses at a distance mostly (65%) feel that they have learned less. As a result, for many of them, graduation could be postponed, and 9% are considering dropping out altogether.
On the job market, the situation is not rosy either: one in six young people have had to stop working, 42% of those who have continued working have seen their income fall, and nearly 4 out of 10 young people “have doubts about their career prospects”.
“The crisis will likely create more obstacles on the labor market and extend the transition period between the end of studies and the moment when young people access their first job,” the UN organization points out.
“The pandemic is inflicting multiple shocks on young people. Not only does it destroy their jobs and employment prospects, but it also undermines their education and training and ultimately has serious repercussions on their mental well-being. In the face of this situation, we cannot stand idly by,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said in a statement.
Indeed, according to the survey, 50 percent of young people may be prone to anxiety or depression, while another 17 percent probably suffer from it.
The ILO calls for “urgent, large-scale and targeted policy responses to prevent the crisis from undermining the employment prospects of an entire generation of young people” while ensuring that they can benefit from unemployment insurance, as well as measures in the field of mental health, “whether in the context of psychosocial support or sports activities”.
Then there is another authentic study with a substantial population sample that clearly shows the density of the impact of COVID crisis on young people.
Based on a study of more than 12,000 young people aged 18 to 29, conducted online in 23 languages in 112 countries between 21 April and 21 May, the report is a joint publication of the ILO and several organizations and associations.
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