what challenges have you faced now the students, alumni, and students? Valeria Kasamara highlights several issues that you need to pay attention in the first place, to help young people to survive the crisis.

Parents in low and middle income will have to fight for the preservation of financial resources in a “peaceful” time they spent on the education of their children. The international labour organization predicts that working time reduction by seven percent in 2020, which is comparable with the loss of at least 195 million jobs globally. It is expected that the pandemic is 40-60 million children will be in poverty.

Scientists and to pandemics studied the effect of such interruptions on the performance of children. For example, during a two-month strike of teachers in new York city in 1968, the students are seriously lagging behind their peers in other cities. The same conclusions scientists have come, when studying the academic performance of children who did not go to school due to the effects of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Today’s quarantine regulations will seriously affect the students from vulnerable families, where there is no Internet access, the required gadgets, and the parents spend all time on work.

Many students and graduates planned to enroll in the study abroad, someone has already received grants or scholarships, but will not be able to leave. For some graduates overseas traineeship exchange from the University was the last chance to study in another country without damaging his career. Someone planning a gap year (between school and work), and will not be able to carry out his intentions.

Children are seriously preparing for exam or about to go on an internship in a specific company, and now hope that luck will smile on them again. Because millions of adults with vast experience now, too, remained without work. The research conducted by the HSE showed that most of the current graduates are afraid to take the first step in his career because of the fear that they don’t have enough experience. And if the battle against the virus in his youth was a priority in the labor field is not clear who will choose the employer.

the Last call, graduation, romantic poems, the last meeting the dawn with her classmates from high school graduates now deprived of all this. These events are key from the point of view of a young person. Prom, in addition to the festivities at dawn, farewell to classmates, tears and ribbons, has a deep psychological significance. It’s a ritual of “transition” of the student into adulthood. Admission to the University often involves relocation of young people to another city and start life independently from parents. In this sense, graduation is a point beautiful will be the final event that help move to a new stage of life. Many graduates of 2020 will bet deprived of this “initiation”.

Many schools and universities were not ready for distance education. The students could not tell when and how they will be able to take a final exam. Some young people worried that they are not lucky enough to be participants in the experiments, when no one knows what to do. Now any errors in the education system can be perceived by the young people much more painful.

– I would like to think that some of the problems we overestimate, – says Valery Kasamara. – The crisis has only accelerated the trends that were brewing for some time: the digitalization and the transition of work and study online and went to the “global pause”, and thanks to her only accelerated the momentum. Certain practices that now seem strange and uncomfortable, five years may become a common reality. The benefits to youth are obvious – they are more flexible, easily adapt to new conditions, “you” with new technologies. It is hoped that the digital generation prom in a Zoom may be one of the most unusual memories of youth. Universities, schools and employers in subsequent years will also be forced to adapt to the new realities that will give them a major boost to development. With regard to financial difficulties, the challenges which now face young people must not remain without attention of the government, because that’s what their decision will allow us to cope not only with the crisis and overcome its consequences.