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Best Interests of Children Health Considerations Must Be Central When Reopen Schools: UNESCO

As per the guidelines issued by UNESCO, UNICEF, WFP and World Bank based on an assessment of the associated benefits and risks to education public health and socio-economic factors the decision to reopen schools gain must be central to national and all the local authorities.

Nearly 1.3 billion students have been affected because of the pandemic.

Looking in to the COVID-19 situation, the guidelines caution that the widespread closures of educational facilities  present an unprecedented risk to children’s education and well-being.  Particularly for the children who are in most marginalized section who have been very much dependent on school for their education, health, safety and nutrition.

The guidelines offer practical advice on how to keep children safe when they return to school for national and,  local authorities .

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay stated that as many students are falling behind in their learning journey because of prolonged school closures, the far from straightforward decision of when and how to reopen schools, should be a priority.

Henrietta Force who is the UNICEF Executive Director  stated that “Rising inequality, poor health outcomes, violence, child labour and child marriage are just some of the long-term threats for children who miss out on school”.

On Thursday in one of the statement UNESCO said that the schools must look at how they can reopen better – with improved learning and more comprehensive support for children at the school including health and various other aspects.

 

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