The United Nations stands for the urgency to get children and youngsters back to schools after a long period of lockdown due to the coronavirus spread.

These nationwide lockdowns have impacted hundreds of millions of students. Plus, several other nations have implemented localized closures, impacting millions of additional learners.

As the virus is resurging in France, Britain, Spain and South Korea, medical authorities request for caution. School districts, teachers, and parents are dealing with the risks of diverse learning scenarios. Details can be sparse and confusing and constantly changing. Sometimes it seems life will never get back to normal.

But one thing is certain: after summer holidays some type of school will start. Whether at home, at school, in person, on screen, or a mix of all these models, this is the challenge. Going back to school while dealing with the coronavirus’ need for restraint.

We are living a global emergency for education!

These nationwide lockdowns have impacted hundreds of millions of students. Plus, several other nations have implemented localized closures, impacting millions of additional learners.

As the virus is resurging in France, Britain, Spain and South Korea, medical authorities request for caution. School districts, teachers, and parents are dealing with the risks of diverse learning scenarios. Details can be sparse and confusing and constantly changing. Sometimes it seems life will never get back to normal.

But one thing is certain: after summer holidays some type of school will start. Whether at home, at school, in person, on screen, or a mix of all these models, this is the challenge. Going back to school while dealing with the coronavirus’ need for restraint.

For this school year our purpose seems to be clear. As a united community, we aim to ensure all children and teenagers return to schools to continue their learning journey and achieve their life goals. Due to Covid-19 pandemic we should combine efforts, knowledge and experiences to promote a healthy and safe return of the entire educational community to the school premises.

 

Some helpful resources for the educational community:

Framework for reopening schools

Check out the “Framework for reopening schools” designed by UNESCO in collaboration with UNICEF, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Bank.

“Global Monitoring of School Closure caused by Covid-19”

Keep in touch with the “Global Monitoring of School Closure caused by Covid-19” to get updates and relevant tips on the Education Response for this challenging process of going back to schools.
Are you a teacher?

Article: “Classroom precautions during COVID-19”,

Check out UNICEF article on “Classroom precautions during COVID-19”, aiming to support teachers with tips and essential information on physical distancing at school; practicing health and hand hygiene; cleaning and disinfecting tips for the classroom; and a list of actions to take if a student shows concerning symptoms.
Are you a parent?

Article: “What will a return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic look like?"

Read UNICEF article on “What will a return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic look like?”, featuring vital information parents need to know about school reopening in this time of pandemic.

Article: “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): What parents should know”

You can also read the article “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): What parents should know” and get expert answers on the most frequently asked questions about coronavirus.
Need help to share the severity of coronavirus spread and how important is to stay safe?

Children are seeing their parents going back to work and might think life is back to normal. They also might get bored of staying indoors. So, UNICEF Nigeria created an animation “Lara and Friends COVID-19 adventure” to disseminate information to children on how to stay safe and protect their loved ones.