UNICEF: No excuses. Keep schools open. Children can’t wait

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“As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues its spread all over the world, we urge 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 recommends the following:

 

“Keep schools open. An estimated 616 million children are currently affected by full or partial school closures. We know that mitigation measures help keep schools open. We also know that investments in digital connectivity can help us make sure that no child is left behind. We need bold action to enable every child to return to school. This includes providing comprehensive support with a particular focus on marginalized children in each community, such as catch-up classes, mental health and nutrition support, protection and other key services.

 

“Vaccinate teachers and school staff immediately. Teachers and school personnel should be fully supported and prioritized to receive COVID-19 vaccines, once frontline health personnel and high-risk populations are vaccinated.

 

“UNICEF supports the vaccination of children once vaccines are available to them and once priority groups are fully protected. Do not make vaccination a pre-requisite for in-person schooling. Making access to in-person schooling contingent on COVID-19 vaccination risks denying children access to education and increasing inequalities. Consistent with WHO recommendations, UNICEF recommends keeping schools open and ensuring that countries’ COVID-19 control strategies facilitate children’s participation in education and other aspects of social life, even without vaccinating children and adolescents.

 

“In crisis conditions there are always difficult decisions that force difficult trade-offs, and we recognize the unprecedented challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic is creating for school systems worldwide. But the stakes are too high. We must collectively do everything we can to keep children in school.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. What is with these damn people and vaccine, is there nothing else they can speak about . How is this going to make a change to the student and teachers if this shit is not protecting anyone. Slowly they are bringing their agenda to play, I’m getting sick and tired of them nonsense. People open your pretty eyes and don’t do this to your kids as you have nailed yourself and children to the cross, blood will be on your hands. Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent Repent now.

  2. UNICEF, why the fake concern for children? We all know sitting in a room filled with other children when the highly transmissible omicron variant is surging is simply not safe. Yes employers want schools open because otherwise their workers can’t come to work because they have to mind children. So please let’s not pretend there is any concern for child or parent welfare here. All of these experts have lost credibility by selling out to the employers and talking rubbish about how safe schools are. The NY times has to keep a list of the top 10 college outbreaks FFS. Numerous schools have opened only to be forced to close when everyone gets covid. Where are the teacher’s unions, why are they not protecting their members? spineless!

  3. What part of CHILDREN AREN’T AFFECTED BY COVID don’t you understand?
    Of course, that is probably no longer true since they started the forced vaccination of kids.

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