UNICEF, the UN agency for children, has encouraged education authorities to reopen schools as quickly as possible in nations where millions of pupils have yet to return to school 18 months after the COVID-19 pandemic began.
According to a UNICEF report released on Thursday, schools in roughly 17 nations are closed completely, while those in 39 countries are partially closed.
Schools in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Panama, and Kuwait, which serve almost 77 million pupils, are among those “almost completely closed.”
Teachers should be given COVID-19 vaccines after health workers and those most at risk, according to the research, to protect them from community transmission.
Although students are safer at home, they continue to confront obstacles such as the lack of access to computers, mobile phones, and the internet, as well as the varied quality of education.
Some children in the Philippines have been compelled to climb onto roofs in order to receive an internet signal.
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“I cannot risk with the health of the children,” President Rodrigo Duterte said in June, rejecting a plan to allow face-to-face courses to restart in some areas.