Youths takes initiative to protect themselves and their community against COVID-19
UNICEF-supported centre offers courses on life skills, vocational trainings and languages, Thanks to a generous contribution from Canada
Recognizing the importance of their role in supporting their community, 70 boys and girls who frequent a UNICEF-supported centre for youth and adolescents in As-Sweida, southern Syria, launched a youth-led initiative to protect themselves and their community against COVID-19.
“Our young people were very enthusiastic to work side by side with the street cleaners, to raise awareness on the importance of keeping our streets clean, especially during the COVID 19 pandemic,”
Young people put-up awareness-raising posters in key areas in the city of As-Sweida, conveying important information on precautionary measures against coronavirus. In cooperation with the city council, the group of youths also worked alongside street cleaners to sanitize and clean streets and parks and distributed protective gears to workers to protect them while on the job.
Thanks to a generous contribution from Canada, the centre offers youth courses on life skills, vocational trainings and languages, while also supporting them to lead social initiatives to help their communities.
“The initiative aims to not only spread awareness about COVID-19, but also to encourage the community to keep neighborhoods clean,” says Kinan Khaddaj, the director of the UNICEF-supported youth centre.