Your Voices: “It has been a challenging year in Papua New Guinea”Updated: May 10th, 2021
Global Citizen spoke to Solange, a university student from Papau New Guinea about what it was like for her to experience COVID-19. You can read her full interview here.
“The past year has been one of the most challenging years for my family and me and many other families.
Fortunately, my parents could keep their jobs, unlike other families who went through a financial crisis. With the implemented lockdowns, which caused schools to shut down, I was greatly affected as I was in my senior year of high school, and exams were nearing. The lockdown very much affected contact classes as well as the interest of students in schools.
My smaller brother, at one point, did not want to return to school after the lockdown had been lifted because he had already lost interest in school. However, my parents talked him into going back to school, and he eventually did, but I could see that he had no interest in school anymore. At one point, I also thought of withdrawing from school because I had doubts as the Grade 12 exams were approaching, and I felt I was not ready.”