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.
Oriana, from Aristóbulo del Valle (Misiones province, Argentina), told Mr. Fernández what the First Virtual Encounter was all about: “We spent some time together, we met again, exchanged our experiences during the quarantine and what we are going through, and realised that children in other parts of the world who are perhaps struggling alone might have some company with us”.
From Madrid, in Spain, one of the countries most affected by the pandemic, siblings Alex and Irene added: “Mr. President, we all started speaking out of fear, uncertainty and the sadness of being alone; but gradually, the fact of being together was able to generate hope, which became the word we heard the most”.
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.