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The 20s: Really the best age to be?

Youth climate activists took to the streets of New York City, calling for global action to fight climate change, on 20 September 2019. Millions of demonstrators turned out for similar marches on that day, in over 150 locations worldwide.

Being young can be exciting and fun, but it is always challenging. Completing your studies, finding a job, finding somewhere to live – in short, taking the first steps of the rest of your life. If it was not easy before the Covid-19 pandemic, it is all the more difficult during this time. Besides all the uncertainty, the health crisis has affected young people’s social lives and prevented them from developing a network of friends and support that are vital to their well-being.

The impact has been experienced at many levels. One is the disruption in their learning pathways. Nearly three-quarters of 8- to 19-year-olds who were studying before the pandemic, experienced school closures – with thirteen per cent left without any access to courses, teachers or learning at all, because of gaps in online and distance learning. We have seen reductions in the funding of education, and the gaps will remain for years to come. 

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