Omicron variant of Covid-19 continues to spread all over the world, Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore has urged governments to do everything in their power to keep it from further disrupting children’s education.
To avert a learning catastrophe and put children back on the learning track, Unicef recommended some measures, said a press release on Friday.
“An estimated 616 million children are currently affected by full or partial school closures. We know that mitigation measures help keep schools open,” said Henrietta.
She also said investments in digital connectivity can help us make sure that no child is left behind.
“We need bold actions to enable every child to return to school. This includes providing comprehensive support with a particular focus on marginalized children in each community,” she added.
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Henrietta emphasized vaccinating teachers and school staff immediately. “Don’t make vaccination a pre-requisite for in-person schooling.”
Unicef recommended keeping schools open and ensuring that countries’ Covid control strategies facilitate children’s participation in education and other aspects of social life, even without vaccinating children and adolescents.
“We recognize the unprecedented challenges that the pandemic is creating for school systems worldwide, but the stakes are too high. We must collectively do everything we can to keep children in