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Children cannot afford another year of school disruption

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Health Desk- 13 Jan 2021: UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on Tuesday said, ‘As we enter the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as cases continue to soar around the world, no effort should be spared to keep schools open or prioritize them in reopening plans’.

Despite overwhelming evidence of the impact of school closures on children, and despite increasing evidence that schools are not drivers of the pandemic, too many countries have opted to keep schools closed, some for nearly a year, he added.

Henrietta Fore also said, ‘The cost of closing schools – which at the peak of pandemic lockdowns affected 90 per cent of students worldwide and left more than a third of schoolchildren with no access to remote education – has been devastating’.

The number of out-of-school children is set to increase by 24 million, to a level we have not seen in years and have fought so hard to overcome, Executive Director added.