Mozambique: Youth Parliament reflects on challenges posed by pandemic

The Youth Parliament, an advocacy movement for the rights and priorities of Mozambican youth, is on Wednesday promoting a debate on the challenges and perspectives of the youth given the Covid-19 pandemic.

The debate, which marks International Youth Day, aims to discuss policies and the role of institutions in the face of the new challenges imposed by the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus to the youth, a note released by the Youth Parliament on its Facebook page stated.

“The reflection aims to find alternative paths on the perspectives of youth in the face of Covid-19 and to promote social dialogue among youth on the construction of a possible future,” the note said.

Moderated by Mozambican journalist Reginaldo Tchambule, the debate has as speakers Edson Cortez, from the Center for Public Integrity, Maria Mangueleza, from the Center for Interdisciplinary Communication Studies, Alfredo Manhiça, from the Catholic University of Mozambique, and Aly Caetano, social activist. 

With a total of 2,481 registered cases and 17 deaths, Mozambique is in its second state of emergency, the first having been decreed on 1 April and extended consecutively for three times – the maximum foreseen by the Constitution.

The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed more than 736,000 lives and infected more than 20.1 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the French agency AFP.