COVID-19 is a global crisis that has affected everyone, everywhere. To protect citizens, governments had to set strict measures and guidelines to curb the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, COVID-19 exacerbated already existing inequalities in developing countries such as barriers to education, increased risk of domestic violence, and challenges accessing quality healthcare services. Millions of people around the world lost their jobs. This intensified the pre-existing trends in poverty and income inequalities. All physical forms of education came to a standstill due to the lockdown and curfew laws set by the governments. Parents had to look for alternative ways to ensure that their children continued learning. For students whose parents would pay for online learning organized by the school or hire a private tutor, learning was as usual. However, for students born in families that strangle to make ends meet, learning was the last thing in their minds. Their priority was to have a meal by the end of the day or supporting their parents to generate income to support their basic needs. As a result, many young people during this pandemic have engaged in harmful practice in exchange for money. Young girls have turned to prostitution for financial support while young men have joined criminal gangs. As a result, there is an increase in the prevalence of teenage pregnancy, HIV, Sexual Gender-Based Violence, and crime in many countries. Unfortunately, all these effects deny the largest population in the world-young people-the opportunity to be agents of change for our society.




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