UNICEF launches campaign to encourage young people in Indonesia to help fight against COVID-19

Amid growing anxiety, frustration and confinement resulting from COVID-19, the COVID19Diaries campaign will showcase the creative ways young people are coping with the pandemic.

27 April 2020
Maria Air at her house
UNICEF/2020/Ijazah
Maria Air (14), Sorong District, West Papua, Indonesia.

JAKARTA, 27 April 2020 – UNICEF has launched a new online campaign in Indonesia calling on young people to share the challenges they face and what they are doing to help their friends, family and community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With support from USAID, the COVID19Diaries Challenge invites youth across Indonesia to post their experiences on their social media channels in the form of videos, photos, images, drawings or stories about how COVID-19 is impacting their daily lives and the steps they are taking to protect themselves and their families.

By using the hashtags #Covid19Diaries and #UreportCovid19, participants can join this weekly challenge, and submissions will be featured on UNICEF’s digital social media platforms and campaign webpage https://www.unicef.org/indonesia/coronavirus/covid-19-diaries. The campaign also asks participants to nominate a friend to take part in the campaign to help create a network of peer-to-peer solidarity.

“In these challenging times, millions of young people find themselves adjusting to a new normal as they remain confined in their homes away from friends and peers,” said UNICEF Representative Debora Comini. “With this digital campaign, we are hoping to bring young people together while they are physically distancing so they can help each other navigate their experiences.”

The campaign’s main visual was developed by Robby Mangkubuana, a young man from Surabaya, Indonesia. “I felt uneasy about the stigma and discrimination I see around me, so I wanted to show that it is wrong to discriminate against people because of their religion, as the virus can infect anyone. I hope this illustration encourages people, especially the young generation, to show more tolerance towards others. Let’s fight the virus, not the people!”

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to the lives of Indonesia’s 80 million children. Large-scale social restrictions, school closures and physical distancing that have been put in place can lead to long-term anxiety and mental health issues, especially among youth. Through this campaign, UNICEF is also providing young people with practical tips to support their mental health and combat misinformation and discrimination.

For more information about the campaign, go to: https://www.unicef.org/indonesia/coronavirus/covid-19-diaries

 

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Media contacts

Kinanti Pinta Karana
Communications Specialist
UNICEF Indonesia
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COVID-19 diaries

See illustration from Robby Mangkubuana

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