Solidarity Practices

Pandemic is taking children and adolescents away from solidarity practices

By on February 17, 2021

In an interview with the Lusa agency, the retired professor at the University of Porto, a specialist in the philosophy of Education, warns that the current situation will have consequences for the training of young people.

“Training for values ​​is not done through theoretical models, but through real experience, in which attention and care for others is important,” he says, pointing out that volunteer projects among the youngest are mainly developed from schools, currently operating on a non-face-to-face basis.

The academic considers that the civic training and the political conscience of the young people may be compromised by the interruption of the normal course of training that goes on in the second year of confinement periods, decreed by the Government to curb the contagions of SARS-CoV2.

According to Adalberto Dias de Carvalho, more and more young people have to be trained through the so-called transversal skills, which are basically the relational skills considered fundamental for “their future professional practice, for their current coexistence” and also for training “ as solidary people ”, he specifies.

On the other hand, young people are currently stranded at home, deprived of normal coexistence with colleagues and friends and of common life experiences at this stage of their lives, which pushes them even further into the circle of virtual networks, which they do not replace personal, face-to-face relationships, stresses the teacher.

“It does not substitute in terms of his affective relationship, but neither does it substitute in terms of facing the risks, the dangers that are posed to him or that he himself generates, which is characteristic of this age, but that he [young] is learning to manage ”, He notes.

Life, he says, is made up of these affections and also of the risks that young people face, coming from abroad or being generated by themselves: “They are deprived of this. If they are not totally private, at least the possibility of this type of experience has been greatly diminished ”.

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