Outward Bound International releases timely and relevant report about the role of outdoor learning in addressing youth mental health and helping young people build back post pandemic.
New York – March 20, 2023
Outward Bound International, the coordinating organization for Outward Bound which is the leading provider of outdoor education programs around the globe, has just released its “Building Back” report which outlines in detail and with alarming statistics the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of young people around the world. In this report, Outward Bound quantifies how deep the mental crisis caused by the pandemic runs for young people, using data gathered from various surveys conducted all over the world.
According to a UNESCO Report, 1.6 billion students and 63 million primary and secondary school teachers in 191 countries were affected by school closures caused by the pandemic. These closures have had a significant impact on the mental health of young people, who have faced social isolation, disrupted education, and uncertainty about the future.
How do we begin to build back from the pandemic, and how do we help young people all over the world gain the skills and confidence to thrive during these uncertain times? At Outward Bound we believe we must provide young people with opportunities to connect with their own true potential, their communities, and the outdoors.