UNICEF supports young scouts to engage in responding COVID-19 pandemic in Adjara
Batumi, Georgia. September 17, 2020. 80 young scouts from the Adjara region will enhance their skills in preventing COVID-19 pandemic, safe scouting, promotion of tolerance, civic engagement and healthy lifestyle including drug abuse and online gambling prevention.
The initiative aims to support 9-17-year-old scouts residing in 10 mountainous villages of the region in shaping initiatives on COVID-19 response and recovery for adolescents, thus increasing youth participation and engagement, as well as connection with their peers. The project is supported by UNICEF Georgia and it is being implemented by the “Adjara Organization of Georgia Scouts Movement (GSM)”.
"When young people are empowered, they make the real difference, drive change, commit fully, work with passion and their leadership shines." - Ghassan Khalil
“When young people are empowered, they make the real difference, drive change, commit fully, work with passion and their leadership shines,” said Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. “UNICEF hopes, that capacity building workshops and events organized through the project will empower young scouts to help their peers, their community members and society at large, to observe COVID-19 prevention measures set by the health authorities as well as cope with the difficulties created by the pandemic,” Khalil added.
The COVID-19 outbreak affects all segments of the population and is particularly detrimental to the lives of young people. Adolescents in remote mountainous villages are at great risk of contracting and transmitting infection due to a lack of hygiene and personal protecting equipment and poor knowledge and skills on how to protect themselves from the virus.
Young people represent a valuable resource and network during crises and public health emergencies. With the right training on the disease and its transmission, empowering and resilience building, young people can work jointly with the adults to help break the chain of infection.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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