Ugandan Youth Urged to Engage Digital Media to Share Encouraging Messages amid COVID-19

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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.”


Ms. Zako also says that “the future economic and social consequences of this pandemic will heavily rely on you the youth.”

In the light of the myriad of challenges, she says, youth in Uganda need to exercise care and contain the spread of "this highly contagious virus."

“Take a personal commitment, approach or discipline in dealing with this virus in order to protect and safeguard yourself and others from being infected,” the National Youth Coordinator in Uganda emphasizes in her July 12 message.

The youth, she continues to say, should “never get tired of following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP - wearing your mask correctly, hand washing, keeping distance, no shaking of hands, avoid going out in public, avoid touching your face (eyes, nose and mouth) because your contaminated hands may transfer the virus to your body through these openings.”  

Besides taking the necessary health precautions, Ms. Zako calls on the youth in Uganda to “support each other through prayer and assist where necessary.”

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“United in prayer, we will overcome!” she says, and goes on to on the youth to care for one another.

She says, "Be the 'Salt and light' to others and develop meaningful relationships among your peers and the communities by showing them the unconditional love of Christ through good deeds in this difficult time."

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.