Sylvia, 17, struggles to study in Italy
In Italy, schools closed in early March because of the Covid-19 pandemic, before reopening at the end of September but for only a few weeks. A dotted education very difficult to live with, especially for high school students like Sylvia, who had projects in her head. The teenager experienced the first confinement rather well, but at 17, she will pass the bac this year, the maturità. “The Italian school still tried to get us to school but after a month we were all at home already”, she regrets.
Sylvia then studies at a distance, helped by her family. She knows she is privileged but is very angry with her country. Italy where school is not sacred: Sylvia fights and demonstrates for the right to study. “The problem is that the school in Italy was the first thing to be closed, she explains. Culturally, school is not a priority for the country. I’m a little sorry about this because I personally believe that if I’m fighting for this, it’s not just because I’m a student myself, but I believe that’s the way to invest in our to come up.”
I would like to change the world.Sylvia, 17, Italy
But Sylvia can’t even imagine her future. In any case, she can’t imagine it here in Italy. “For now, it even seems a little difficult to think about it because this situation makes us pessimistic, she confides. I can’t really think what my future will be like. My mom is the first to tell me ‘don’t stay in Italy’, and that makes me a little sad. ” Her Italian mother has never left the country herself.
Hugo, 21, remains optimistic for 2021 in Australia
On the other side of the planet, in Australia, the city of Melbourne has experienced one of the strictest lockdowns in the world. Five million people were subjected to drastic restrictions this summer, three months without being able to leave their homes. A difficult period for young people like Hugo. At 21, the young man returned to Australia last February, just before the Covid-19 crisis. “I had returned to resume my studies here, resume life in general and I intended to find an internship in a company related to the environment, he says. I had a job in a school as a football coach but I learned very quickly that it was not going to be a normal year. I couldn’t find an internship, it was very difficult because all the companies were closed to students. You couldn’t really live life anymore. “
For the year 2021, I am really optimistic.Hugo, 21, Australia
Despite his disappointments, Hugo wants to remain confident for next year. “I know it’s going to be such a weird and a little difficult year but we learned a lot between the two confinements here in Melbourne, how to deal with the situation on a mental level, how to live with this confinement and the instructions of the government, he confides. I know that between me and my friends, it was really a question of taking a break for the whole of 2020 and shifting to 2021. We’re going to have a lot of hope, a lot of optimism and I’m sure we’ll be fine. be a great year. “
Aziz, 21, dreams of a world without Covid-19 in Tunisia
To curb the Covid-19 pandemic, Tunisia has declared a national curfew. Cafes close at 4 p.m., no more outings, no more trips between different regions. Aziz, 21, is a business school student. Coming from the middle class, he lives in La Goulette, near the Tunisian capital.
The young man loves sports, partying, his studies… so many activities which have all been abruptly stopped. “You are imprisoned in your neighborhood, you cannot move any more”, he blurted out. The only rare escape: college. The problem is that most of the lessons are now done online. “80% of students are demotivated, it’s hard, he explains. I almost missed my year because of the Covid-19. I fell in a catch-up session, luckily I was able to find the right path. “
Honestly, it’s a dream to start a new page without the Covid-19.Aziz, 21, Tunisia
Before the pandemic, his dream was to succeed in his studies and a career in basketball, but today, his dream is to live without the Covid-19 and hug his friends. His balance, he found in basketball. “Before, I had training every day, from Monday to Friday, Saturday rest and Sunday the game. I say it while laughing but it is very unfortunate: before, I was not used to drink every weekend . “ The government has just announced an extension of the curfew. Aziz knows he will have to do without basketball all winter.