More than 7 out of 10 Italians Regret the Lost Routine: BVA Doxa’s Survey for UNHCR and the “Fantastic Routine” Campaign

Because of COVID-19 we have lost many certainties and, if before the pandemic routine was often underestimated, today we realize how “fantastic” normality was instead. Even going to school is no longer taken for granted, but without education no child can have a future. In light of these considerations, the aim of “Fantastica Routine” campaign promoted by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for which BVA Doxa conducted the survey “The routine of Italians at the time of the pandemic” is twofold: from on hand, to stimulate a reflection on the importance of the certainties of daily routine, just like education for children, on the other hand, the campaign aims at raising funds to rebuild 4000 schools in the Sahel, which would help 700 thousand refugee children to return at school.

HOW MUCH DO WE MISS OUR “FANTASTIC ROUTINE”? –  Surely a lot, considering that over 7 out of 10 Italians (75%) would definitely want to go back to life as it was before and more than 8 out of 10 (85%) found it difficult to adapt to the limitations imposed by the pandemic. A fact that does not leave us completely surprised, given the particular historical moment we are experiencing, but which takes on a different meaning when compared with the vision that the Italians had of the routine a few years ago: in 2013, 35% of our compatriots (almost 18 million Italians) declared that they would immediately change their life if only they could. If before the pandemic routine was considered in some way boring and obvious, today it is strongly re-evaluated and desired. This is what emerges from the survey “The routine of Italians at the time of the pandemic“, carried out by BVA Doxa for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) which today launches the “Fantastica Routine” campaign, aimed at stimulating reflection on the daily routine and raise funds for the ongoing humanitarian and educational emergency in the Sahel. From January 24 to February 14, by donating via text message or calling 45588, each of us will be able to help 700,000 refugee children in the Sahel return to school and rebuilding 4000 destroyed schools.

A COMMENT BY LAURA IUCCI, FUNDING DIRECTOR FOR UNHCR ITALY – “Already in 2012 and 2013, with the ‘Routine is fantastic’ campaign, we tried to offer a positive interpretation of our daily life, too often underestimated, and invited everyone to identify with the refugees who at any moment lose everything, home, work and loved ones. But never as today does this appeal seem coherent and appropriate because now we can all better understand how important it is to have certainties, especially the education of children, which is an indispensable routine”.

BETWEEN HOPE AND FEAR –  Italy oscillates between fear and hope, as described by BVA Doxa’s research for UNHCR: 49% of the interviewees feel worried about the future that is uncertain, while 40% are, on the whole, calm and confident towards better times that for sure they will come; finally 11% say they are lucky to have certainties and stability. After all, 25% of Italians say that in this difficult phase of our history they have discovered new important aspects of their personality; 15% also managed to easily adapt and take advantage of this moment for personal growth.

The pandemic has erased many certainties, affecting some categories of people in particular: most of the interviewees said they feel more solidarity especially towards those who have lost their jobs and economic stability. The elderly, doctors and health workers, children who have not attended school, refugees and the most vulnerable are at the center of the concerns of the majority of respondents. Certainly, gatherings with family and friends are at the top of the list of habits that are lacking most, on a par with travel, followed immediately after by hugs. In recent months of restrictions, surfing the internet has instead been the favorite activity of Italians, followed by watching films and TV series.

A NEW ROUTINE: MORE VALUE TO THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE, AND LESS WASTE – Almost 9 out of 10 Italians (88%) think that once the COVID-19 emergency is over, the routine will change completely. Over half of the interviewees (53%) say that, after this experience, they will appreciate more the certainties and the little things in life, without taking anything for granted; 21% also state that they will try to minimize waste. Finally, 20% say that they will no longer get caught up in the frenzy of work and daily commitments and that they will dedicate more time to loved ones and things that are really important, while 6% say they will dedicate more time to even the most vulnerable people.

UNHCR’S COMMITMENT TO GUARANTEE ACCESS TO EDUCATION – In the Sahel, the wave of violence by extremist armed groups, combined with COVID-19, has resulted in the killing of many teachers and the kidnapping of students to enlist in the guerrillas; attacks on schools or the use of school buildings for military purposes have become common practices in the region, resulting in the closure and destruction of over 4,000 school buildings. The funds raised will be used for the construction or renovation of schools and other educational spaces, for the organization of distance learning, for the training of teachers, to provide psychosocial support and for the supply of water, disinfectant gels and other devices for prevention. of the virus. Everyone can contribute with a donation from a landline or SMS to the solidarity number 45588 from January 24th to February 14th, 2021.



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