Published: 20.04.2021

Covid-19 has affected hundreds of millions of young people. 90 per cent of them have experienced an increase in anxiety. 87 per cent of students have been affected by school closures in almost every country. 80 per cent of young women fear for their future. One in six young people (267 million) worldwide have lost their jobs as a result of Covid-19. Domestic violence has increased. All efforts must be made to help young people overcome this situation. This is what the Global Youth Mobilization aims to do.

The initiative was launched by the WHO Director and Greta Thunberg.

Global Youth Mobilization connects six of the world's largest youth organizations, including DofE, a program founded by Prince Philip, with the World Health Organization with the United Nations. Aims to devise solutions to the impacts of Covid-19 and climate change on the lives of young people around the world and actively engage with peers around the world, governments and policy makers. It kicked off with a press conference on Monday with WHO Director and Greta Thunberg.

Thunberg states: The Covid-19 pandemic goes hand in hand with the climate crisis. Science shows that unless we change the way we treat nature, we will experience more frequent and even more devastating pandemics in the future. 75 % diseases today come from animals. And by logging our forests and destroying our environment, we are creating the ideal conditions for the spread of disease from animal to animal and then to us. We have reached a stage where pandemics and health crises cannot be separated from the climate crisis." These crises will also be a major issue The Global Youth Summit will take place from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 April. You can register for the transfer at

9 representatives from the Czech Republic have the desire to change the world

The final selection for the Czech Republic included 9 DofE participants. They are united by their ambition to change the world we live in, to prepare young people for the future and to strongly support and develop their communities. They visit the mentally disabled, participate in the student parliament, lead youth hiking clubs, clean up their neighborhoods, deliver Christmas gifts to the underprivileged, organize student summits and actively fight for human rights. "I am delighted that thanks to DofE, the Czech Republic will be represented at this key international event," says Tomáš Vokáč, DofE Executive Director in the Czech Republic.

Young people can apply for funding to support their communities and projects

It is within the framework of the Global Youth Mobilization Initiative Young people from all over the world can apply for funding of $500-$5,000 USD "In the Czech Republic, we have also managed to negotiate grants for schools and other institutions involved in the DofE, which can draw funding to activate children and young people from all social spheres," Vokáč adds. Submitting an application is easy, just fill in what project the young people will use the funding for on the website and make a short video about why their project should receive funding. A panel of students from all over the world also decides on the allocation of support, where the Czech Republic is again represented thanks to the DofE programme.


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