On World Education Day and with most of the world’s youth unable to attend school, Scholas organized a new Cyber Youth Encounter for Education for Hope. The President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, participated and addressed a very special message to the boys: “All this is going to happen and the world is going to be yours.”
President of Argentina. Alberto Fernández, who participated in the World Cyber Meeting on Coronavirus organized by Scholas. (Photo: Presidency of Argentina)
Scholas organized on April 1 a Second World Youth Cyber Meeting on Coronavirus. On this occasion, Alberto Fernández, President of Argentina, participated in the meeting and spoke with more than 120 students from 60 cities around the world.
After listening to the young people, the Argentine president commented: “It is a formidable idea that young people […] meet at a time like this to see what is happening to the world and see what opportunities will appear after this tragedy [… ]. It is a great opportunity to review how to face the future and for young people, as Pope Francis likes to say, to ‘make trouble’. Make trouble to end so much injustice and to build a better world. […] ”.
In the same way, he added: “The Pope’s teaching must be remembered: no one comes out of this alone. Here no one is saved alone, we save ourselves in community, embraced, fighting. That is the teaching we have to have right now. […] ”.
At the end of the dialogue, one of the young people asked Alberto Fernández about his dog, who was seen in the background on the screen during the communication. The President laughed and introduced “Dylan” who immediately put his two legs on the desk and greeted the participants.
Scholas is organizing this type of virtual meetings between students from all over the world with the purpose of generating meeting spaces and giving young people a voice. Participants in this way can hear the reality of their peers in other countries and share their feelings at this special moment.
The impact studies carried out by the Organization Evaluation area and endorsed by 16 Universities from different parts of the world revealed that:
- The feeling of nervousness and uneasiness in the youth group decreased by 41.20% after the Meeting.
- Feelings related to sadness decreased by 64.76%.
- The feeling of hope increased by 40.69%.
- The feeling of joy increased by 65.82% after the Meeting.
- The desire to do things for others increased by 52.35%.