Young people have been blamed for rises in cases of Coronavirus. Yet transmission is largely attributable to our access to education, which has been compromised. During this time, we have also used our voices to fight for what we see is right in the face of adversity - such as protesting that Black Lives Matter and to secure free-school dinners for those most in need. This is a time worth documenting, not just for the history books, but to capture what we can learn from young people’s response to these unprecedented times.
It is likely that the impact of the Pandemic will continue for many years to come. Our generation’s education has been disrupted. We are entering the workplace when unemployment rates are high. We have spent one of our most formative years with limited access to our peers and the freedom to explore ourselves and the world. Our futures will be shaped by the Pandemic.
We are Generation COVID.
Whilst this book will not shy away from the desperation and dark times experienced by our contributors, the ultimate aim is that this book is comforting and hopeful. There were little things that helped us get through - some more obscure than others - and numerous lessons and fresh perspectives are being taken away from our time in ‘lockdown’.
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