On 21st October, C3 organized a ‘virtual roundtable’ to discuss and disseminate the findings of the survey we conducted between the months of April and August to assess the impact the pandemic has had on the lives of adolescents. The survey, in which 7200 adolescents from four states – Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha – were interviewed, shed light on young people’s knowledge and awareness around COVID-19 and related issues, the impact on education and access to digitalized education, information and access to support services, health, and vulnerability to stress and anxiety, etc. The virtual roundtable not only fleshed out the implications of these findings, but focused on building programming strategies to address adolescents’ needs in the post pandemic era. The roundtable included insights from Dr Zoya Ali Rizvi who is the Deputy Commissioner (Adolescent Health) at the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Dr Sharmila Neogi who is the adolescent health advisor at USAID, Ms Priya Varadarajan from the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, Mr Anand Sinha from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Ms TanujaBabre from ICall, TISS, and Ms Krishna Madhurya Surampudi from Oracle. The webinar had an attendance of 108 participants.
You can read the summary report of the findings of the adolescent’s survey here.