MEPs call for funding to heal “pandemic scar” on children and young people

14 September 2022EU news

In a Resolution adopted on 13 September, MEPs call for an urgent boost to mitigate the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of children and young people.

Specifically, they ask for:

  • The designation of a European Year of Mental Health and, together with member states, the launch of a campaign to raise awareness of mental health in educational and vocational institutions
  • Investments to grant better access to psychological help in schools
  • A boost in the spending on education and training, as young people were deprived of a chance to participate in activities essential for their development

The report includes the following recommendations:

  • Open youth work to be recognised throughout the EU as a central means of socialisation for young people and consciously and increasingly create free spaces for young people, often for those of the same age, beyond the parental home and places of learning in formal education, which open up opportunities for them to organise themselves and participate in community initiatives;
  • Support small local cultural initiatives, sports clubs, youth organisations to carry out the leisure, non-formal and informal learning activities that play an essential role in the development and well-being of young people and their families;
  • Increase the funding and promote the opportunities offered by Erasmus+, Creative Europe, and the European Solidarity Corps, to enhance mobility experiences of learners and best practice exchanges among teachers;
  • Give young people more voice in decision-making, so that they can express their needs and participate in policy implementation.

 

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