Regardless of the unfold of misinformation that it facilitates, social media has allowed folks to remain related, unfold consciousness in regards to the pandemic, knowledgeable medical professionals and authorities about people’ views and experiences of the virus, and mobilised communities for acts of kindness. Social media additionally created the house via which humanitarian and well being organisations and authorities may unfold correct data and directives about Covid-19 throughout the globe—one thing that was unimaginable over the past international pandemic a century in the past.
Equally, expertise and social media platforms helped each folks and economies throughout the globe function when nearly all in-person actions got here to a standstill originally of the pandemic. Social media platforms allowed folks to proceed working from residence, facilitated buying, enabled communications with family members, and allowed on-line school rooms to take maintain. Moreover, it facilitated an area via which the youth can interact creatively and forge methods for modern services to succeed in the market.
Youth globally, together with in Bangladesh, have been seen turning this disaster into a chance, and have began companies and varied social initiatives. From designing and promoting customised face masks via Instagram or gathering funds and volunteers to create neighborhood kitchens to feed the poor, social media allowed younger entrepreneurs to succeed in audiences and prospects past their interior circles and native communities.
In the meantime, when nations throughout the globe went into lockdown and confined folks to their houses, it supplied the younger with the time and scope to reinforce and study new expertise—from cooking and baking, to coding and modifying—and gave them the instruments and confidence to turn into what that they had lengthy wished, whether or not it was to turn into an entrepreneur or an influencer.
Although the impression will not be completely seen simply but, this has additionally added momentum to a battered economic system by creating enterprise alternatives—and as its extension—employment alternatives, via handcrafted jewelry to cloud kitchens, and all the pieces in between.
Others have began channels on conventional social media platforms like YouTube and Snapchat, or newer brief video platforms resembling Likee, to share their expertise in storytelling, cooking, DIY hacks and performing arts, to call just a few. Social media has supplied the youth with an outlet not simply to specific themselves, share their skills and expertise, and construct and work together with communities that share their pursuits, but additionally the possibility to earn via them.
In keeping with the United Nations, data and communication expertise (ICT) has performed a vital position in younger folks’s improvement on a world scale. All over the world, youths have used the facility of expertise and social media to interact in points resembling local weather change, racism, sexual harassment, democratic rights, ladies’s empowerment, and a lot extra.
With a younger nationwide demographic as its driving pressure, Bangladesh has been reaping the advantages of the exponential progress of social media and and different merchandise of expertise, significantly within the final decade. By being lively gamers of the tradition, economic system and society at giant, they’ve carved their very own paths, whereas on the similar time making their voices heard to policymakers.
On the cusp of the wonderful golden jubilee of Independence, Bangladesh is seeking to shake off the financial fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic and speed up progress via funding, human capital improvement and enhanced productiveness. Youth engagement via social media and ICT has the facility to assist the expansion of the nation’s infrastructure of ICT and obtain the imaginative and prescient for Digital Bangladesh.
It’s inspiring to see the youth globally engaged to deliver a few transformation of society—from local weather to well being to politics—and digital expertise and social media are on the crux of that. The pandemic has delivered to the fore the facility and potential of the youth within the digital sphere, and it’s as much as the choice makers of the world to guarantee that it’s explored and utilised to its fullest potential.
Samiha Zaman is a communications skilled.