This month marks one year since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 a global pandemic. The past year was said to be a lost year for our youth, with many unable to celebrate rites of passage and milestones in their life. As several surveys show, the truth is that many young people have lost opportunities for education, training, and work.
However, the World Economic Forum’s ASEAN Youth Survey 2020 shows considerable resilience among the youth during the pandemic. There has been a significant increase, among 16-34-year-olds, in the use of digital tools for online education, learning new skills, and finding new business models to improve their income.