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Generation Covid: The Impact of Covid-19 on Young People Globally

August 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

In this webinar, we discussed the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on young people globally. Watch a recording of the event here:

Younger workers are more likely to have lost work and earnings as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The closure of schools and universities due to lockdown restrictions has affected young people both educationally and socially, leading a generation already concerned about future employment prospects to experience increased mental health/wellbeing concerns and isolation. In low-resource settings, poor infrastructure and lack of access to technology are huge barriers to digital engagement. Lack of safe spaces means young people are now increasingly vulnerable to sexual exploitation and grooming. Covid-19 has widened pre-existing gaps in gender equality. Researchers for Global Citizen claim the pandemic has undone 70 years’ progress towards educational parity in India.

Despite the challenges and restrictions posed by Covid-19, students and young people have shown their willingness to share knowledge and create pathways to prosperity that can forge lasting connections between youth and community action. LIDC would like to build on this process, and are delighted to have this opportunity to echo the voices of young leaders who will be joining those of senior academics and policy-makers in this webinar.


Confirmed speakers include:

Joseph Tsongo, a young community activist and CEO at the Amani Institute, a socio-cultural movement for change in the Kivu district of DR Congo. Joseph was born in 1994 and has never known a day’s peace, yet he uses his skills and time to mobilise young people and community leaders in raising awareness and promoting safe practices around Covid-19. Living in an area of violent conflict, Joseph’s work helps to keep young people away from involvement in armed militias that are so active in his area. He describes himself as a peace-builder as well as journalist.


Professor Fengshu Liu is based at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her research expertise cuts across Childhood and youth studies, Comparative education and international education, and Sociology of education. She is a contributor to a recent New York Times article discussing the possible consequences of the pandemic for how Chinese youth relate to the Chinese government. Her books include Urban Youth in China: Modernity, the Internet and the Self (2011, Routledge) and Modernization as Lived Experiences: Three Generations of Young Men and Women in China.


Peter Fongeh is a community activist with passion for grassroots mobilization. he is committed in bridging the gap in information and skill building on sexual reproductive health and rights amongst young people. He is currently the mobilizer and co-chair with Afrika Youth Movement. He is the founder and executive director for a community-based organization Vision in Action Cameroon which supports and enables young people to create programs and influence change in the areas of Gender, Sexuality and Health from a Human rights-based perspective in Cameroon.


Moritz Ader is a Policy Analyst in the OECD Public Governance Directorate where he is in charge of co-ordinating the portfolio on youth empowerment and intergenerational justice.  Moritz has co-ordinated various OECD publications on this topic, including the forthcoming Global Report on Youth Empowerment and Intergenerational Justice, the Policy Paper “Youth and COVID-19: Response, recovery and resilience” and the 2018 Youth Stocktaking Report.

In the OECD’s work with countries in the Middle East and North Africa, he manages projects on youth empowerment with Jordan, which provide hands-on support in the implementation of Jordan’s National Youth Strategy and the design of youth-led social action projects. In this role, he authored regional comparative reviews and country reports.


Professor Massimiliano Tarozzi is co-Director of the Development Education Research Centre at LIDC member organisation, the Institute of Education at University College London. He is also full Professor of Global Citizenship Education and General Education at the University of Bologna. In the same university he is founding director of the International Research Centre on Global Citizenship Education.  Professor Tarozzi combines education practice with at-risk adolescents, in schools and as a teacher educator. Professor Tarozzi has extensive experience of working a major Italian NGO dedicated to child welfare and promoting children’s rights. He has published widely on global citizenship education, intercultural education, citizenship education, social justice education, and qualitative research methods.


Yashveer Singh Co-founder & Global Director, Ashoka Young Changemakers leads the Ashoka Young Changemakers program at Ashoka Innovators for the Public, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs & innovators, a global community of Teen Changemakers. Prior to joining Ashoka, Yashveer founded a youth non-profit to address talent inequity in the development sector and influence youth culture in India by inspiring and educating university students to pursue social innovation and entrepreneurship. He co-authored ‘#ChangeStartsYoung’ a book featuring inspiring stories of young changemakers from across India. He was one of 20 young entrepreneurs awarded the prestigious Youth Action Net 2012 Fellowship. Yashveer earned his MBA at University of Oxford and was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Award (2014) for his initiatives as Co-Chair Social Impact, Oxford Business Network (OBN). In 2016 Yashveer was included in the “Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia.”


Susan Reichle, President and CEO of the International Youth Foundation [IYF], a global non-profit working for young people. Since her appointment in 2019, Ms Reichle has guided the implementation of a new three-year strategy, called ‘Transformation 2022.’ She has sought to advance diversity and inclusion in her organisation through IYF’s ‘Gender Equity and Social Inclusion [GESI] policy.’


Mirre Beek is a researcher and youth advisor with Restless Development. She lives and works in Amsterdam with refugees in the Netherlands. Her interest in understanding Islamophobia, anti-semitism and far-right extremism led her to take a masters in Migration, Ethnic Relations, and Multiculturalism. She has recently returned from Morocco where she spent 18 months learning Arabic, and currently works as a mentor to 50 young refugees from Syria and Eritrea. She is also part of a team working on Restless Development’s ‘Resilient Realities’ Research project exploring the impact of Covid-19 on youth civil society around the world, and identifying the resources and support structures necessary to strengthen response and recovery. The research report will be released in September.

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