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Round Table “The role of youth in the post-COVID world: positive and negative trends”

On February 15, the School of International Regional Studies of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs of the HSE University held a round table “The role of youth in the post-COVID world: positive and negative trends”, within the framework of the International Youth Dialogue “The Voice of the Future”.

Round Table “The role of youth in the post-COVID world: positive and negative trends”

Dr. Olga Volosyuk, Head of the School of International Regional Studies of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs of the HSE University, delivered a welcoming speech, in which she emphasized that it is young people who will be responsible for what our world will be like in the future.

The meeting was moderated by Murad Sadygzade, Head of International Youth Dialogue “The Voice of the Future”, Visiting Lecturer at the School of International Regional Studies of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs of the HSE University.

The main speakers of the round table were youth representatives from Russia, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Tunisia and Indonesia.

Ghodrat Shafiei, Journalist and Chief editor, IRAS institute for “Iran and Eurasia studies”, in his speech noted the negative role of the pandemic, which affected the psychological state of young people, their socio-economic situation. But among the positive transformations, the speaker singled out the increased interest among young people in education and science.

Yahya Amin Khan, Youth Chief Minister K.P Pakistan; Law Persuer; Youth influencer and Activist, also singled out the deterioration of the socio-economic situation of youth among the main transformations, while noting the positive role of global malaise in uniting youth.

Tatyana Roman, Representative, Institute of foreign regional studies of South Federal University Student Council, expressed her concerns about distance education, which can have a destructive effect on students' learning and socialization.

Faiz Arsyad, Founder, Indonesia Youth Movement, agreed with the opinion of his colleagues and noted the importance of a measured pastime both online and offline in order to avoid social and psychological problems among young people.

Sofiia Loienko, Representative, Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv FemClub, spoke about how young people are experiencing a pandemic in Ukraine. The speaker emphasized that young people are becoming more political due to their greater involvement with social networks. Also, the topics of stress and aggression in young people caused by the lockdown were touched upon.

Mohammad Feroz Nawrozy, Head, Kateb Educational and Cultural Association in Russian Federation, agreed with his colleagues and added that the pandemic allowed young people to realize the inseparability between man and nature. Young people have become even more focused on protecting the environment and the need for harmonious co-development with nature.

Oussama Zebda, President and Founder, International Youth Council Friends Association, noted the positive effect of the pandemic, which is expressed in accelerating the digitalization of many areas of life and the transition of communication to more accessible and effective levels.

As a result of the round table, an exchange of views took place in the format of comments and a session of questions and answers. The participants agreed to continue meetings within the framework of the International Youth Dialogue “The Voice of the Future”.