BACKGROUND OF THE COMPACT
OBJECTIVE THE COMPACT
The Compact as designed, would among other things –
• Help to articulate the various roles being played by young people and youth Organizations in the Country to tackle the spread, in terms of Advocacy, Sensitization/Awareness creation and providing platforms for showcasing such efforts.
• Provide support and resources for youth-led action on the ground-drawing on best practices from the Ebola outbreak and other disasters to build the capacity of young people as Peer Educators, Champions and Communicators,
• Raising awareness through social media and tackling misinformation
• Build a bridge through which young peoples’ expectations from the Government in tackling the pandemic, and other future disasters could be communicated and for monitoring of the resultant effects.
Risk Communication & Community Engagement:
Practical Steps on Engaging Young People in the COVID-19 Response
COVID-19 represents an unprecedented global emergency with numbers of cases soaring, schools closing, and health services preoccupied with handling emerging cases. Though the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions are most vulnerable, Young People are also at risk of contracting and transmitting the virus. Additionally, the closure of schools continues to impair education of Young People and fracture social networks.
Disruptions to formal and informal work are creating new pressures on livelihoods including amongst the Youth population. Such public health crises will also exacerbate existing vulnerabilities, access to care services, and inequalities, particularly for young women and girls.
While the COVID-19 response will need to address priorities and needs of Young People, they should not only be considered as affected populations but also as highly effective partners in the containment efforts by meaningfully engaging them as Peer Educators and Change Agents at the Community level.
For this to happen, Stakeholders need to be encouraged to value Young People, approach them as equals, respect their views and leverage their added value to the response. Working alongside young people will help bridge inter-generational divides and promote solidarity between age groups.
The purpose of the ‘Compact’ is therefore to provide practical Steps for Government, Partners and Young People themselves on engaging Youth as part of the COVID-19 Humanitarian response as well as the Economic Impact on Nigeria Youth.