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The corona crisis has turned the world upside down, including the Caribbean islands Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. How will this crisis affect the future of the youth on these islands? Right now it is important that young people make themselves heard. That is why UNICEF asked them to share their voice about #MyNewWorld.

UNICEF supports young people in the Netherlands and in the Caribbean Netherlands to let their voices be heard by politicians in The Hague and on each of the three islands. Young people between the age of 13 and 18 shared their opinion on how they think the world should look like after the corona crisis in any matters of concern to them.  

This is what #MyNewWorld looks like

“I think participating in this project was a good experience because it happens too often that people forget about our (children's) opinions. It's like if you can't vote you don't have a say.”

Ishn (14 jaar, St. Eustatius)

    Advice from the young people from St. Eustatius:

    • Make technological resources available to those in need in a sufficient and timely manner and keep the school open for exam students unless the situation is extremely dire 
    • Upgrade the medical center  
    • Arrange better travel connections between Statia and other Caribbean islands, especially Saba and Bonaire  
    • Read the full report for St.Eustatius

    Advice from the young people from Saba:

    • Allow studentes to choose between online and regular education
    • Fund and professionalize youth sports starting with fully paid and dedicated professional coaches  
    • Ensure that proper hygiene and public health remain top priorities. 
    • Read the full report for Saba

    Advice from the young people from Bonaire:

    • Involve young people in themes that help us evolve in the best way possible
    • Make traffic safer for (young) cyclists and build more sports areas and recreation areas so that children can exercise more
    • Provide more awareness at school for mental health problems
    • Read the full report for Bonaire

    Check out the cool rap that Juriëlla from Bonaire made for the campaign:

    How did we get here?

    UNICEF organised small group conversations on each island, where young people shared their ideas about the most urgent issues. All of this was done under the guidance of UNICEF facilitators. These young people created a UNICEF Youth Advice based on the ideas and conversations.

    On Thursday September 10th the results of the campaign were shared with the local governments of Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba, State Secretary Raymond Knops, and Member of Parliament Stieneke van der Graaf. The youngsters advice was also added to the advice from the youth from the Netherlands and handed over to Minister Hugo de Jonge (VWS). Check out the videos below and listen to the reactions from the 4 politicians who attended the event in Den Haag.

    More information about the campaign is available in Dutch

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