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Corona buddies and ‘wellbeing captains’ to strengthen students’ welfare during Covid-19

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New figures from the Ministry of Higher Education and Science show that 43 percent of students felt lonely during the autumn. Now, the ministry is presenting ideas developed to boost young people’s wellbeing during the pandemic.

News |   27. Jan 2021

Anne Thora Lykkegaard

Journalist

In collaboration with 80 organizations, experts and young people, the Ministry of Higher Education and Science and Ministry of Culture have come up with ideas to strengthen students’ and young people’s adolescence during Covid-19.

The new ideas have been compiled in a catalogue featuring ‘wellbeing captains’, corona buddies, digital parties and a platform for knowledge sharing. (See fact box)

“Coronavirus has removed the glue from our everyday lives, and we should not ignore that especially the young people are struggling. Friday bars and on-campus lectures are not the only activities that have been cancelled,” says the Minister for Higher Education and Science, Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen in a press release and continues:

“The togetherness and community feeling, which are part of making studying meaningful, have been limited to an absolute minimum. Therefore, it is important to create new structures for being together now that the old ones are out of play. With help from institutions, organizations and young people, we want to bring these good ideas to life. The ideas are not achieving that themselves, but it’s a good first step.”

In total, the catalogue contains 21 pages of initiatives and ideas that the Minister for Higher Education and Science hopes all interested parties will take onboard and bring to life wherever appropriate.

Recent figures from the Ministry of Higher Education and Science show that 70 percent of students believe the pandemic has removed some of the joy of studying, while 43 percent felt lonely at some point during the autumn of 2020. This makes it even more important to bring the ideas to life, argues the minister.

“The figures don’t surprise me, unfortunately. But they are worrying. And it’s something both I and the government are bearing in mind. Thriving while studying should never be the responsibility of the students alone. We have a common responsibility to create good, healthy and engaging structures for the students both during the pandemic and in general,” says Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen in the press release.

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