UNICEF says 40 million children globally missing education due to COVID-19 pandemic

At least 40 million children worldwide are missing out on early child-hood education because of the Coronavirus pandemic. A research brief published by UNICEF on Wednesday says.

The publication by UNICEF’s office of research assessed the state of childcare and early childhood education globally. It also analyzed the impact of the closure of leaning facilities due to COVID-19 outbreak.

According to the Executive Director of UNICEF, the pandemic is putting the foundation of children’s development “under threat.”

Henrietta Fore says the development of children relies on early childhood education and childcare.

“Education disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are preventing children from getting their education off to the best possible start,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

To reduce the impact of COVID-19 on children’s well-being, Fore urges governments support for families.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is making a global childcare crisis even worse,” Fore said.

Schools in Abyei Administrative Area are still closed and the plan to reopen is not there. On Monday this week, the Director General of Education in Abyei Area encouraged learners to listen to lessons on UN station, Radio Miraya.

Calling for resumption of classes under strict observance of COVID-19 measures such as keeping social distancing, and frequent hand washing with clean water and soap, one of the teachers in Agok, said the time the pandemic will disappear is unknown.