Schools shut due to the coronavirus pandemic must reopen as soon as possible, the United Nations insisted on Tuesday, estimating that the education of more than 600 million children was at stake. “This cannot go on,” said James Elder, spokesman for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
While acknowledging the difficult choices that governments have to make when facing the Covid-19 crisis and the possible spread of the disease, “schools should be the last to close and the first to reopen,” he said, calling it a “terrible mistake” to reopen bars and pubs before schools. “Reopening schools cannot wait for all teachers and students to be vaccinated,” he added, calling on governments to protect their education budgets despite the economic hardship caused by the pandemic.
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