Kampala, 12 July, 2021 / 9:05 pm (ACI Africa).
A youth leader in Uganda has called on young people in the East African nation to engage digital media to share “messages of hope and encouragement” among themselves in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The young people are now champions in the digital world. Use the digital tools and platforms created by your peers to share messages of hope and encouragement, to carry out virtual meetings and conferences,” the National Youth Coordinator in Uganda, Joyce Zako, says in her Monday, July 12 statement.
In the statement published by the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC), Ms. Zako further says, "The digital tools can also be used to build resilience in the society and to avert future disasters.”
The second wave of COVID-19, the Ugandan youth leader further says, has threatened “our traditional social networks and safety nets.”
She notes that the pandemic, which has reportedly infected 87,277 people, including 2,104 deaths and 61,304 recoveries in the East African nation has brought about “considerable challenges in the fields of education, employment, mental health and disposable income among the youth and other cohorts due to the lockdown and other subsequent uncertainties caused by the pandemic.”