Youth show resilience during pandemic

Updated: Mar 26, 2021

Association of Southeast Asian Nations youth
A total of 48% of youth say they learned to be more resilient and felt better prepared for future uncertainties with many reporting finding new business models and ways to improve their income during the pandemic. PHOTO: ImageCollab

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruptions putting everyone to the test, however the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) youth have exhibited signs of strong resilience, adaptability and creativity during the pandemic. The ASEAN Youth Survey 2020 by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Sea, a global consumer internet company, was recently conducted across 68 574 ASEAN citizens between 16 and 35 years old.

Joo-Ok Lee, head of Asia Pacific at the World Economic Forum, says the survey was originally designed to offer statistical insights towards understanding ASEAN youth perspectives and contribute to shaping policies for them. He says the insights call for timely multi-stakeholder actions to empower youth with digital skills, improving digital infrastructure and funding to capitalize on the digital transformation brought by the pandemic and realize the potential for the region’s inclusive and sustainable recovery.

“The survey found during the pandemic, 87% of these youth increased their use of at lea