African governments have been urged by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) to consider reopening of schools in observance to coronavirus safety protocols.
They say closing down schools until further notice is harmful to students adding that students currently at home as a temporal school break are being exposed to poor nutrition, teenage pregnancies and violence.
According to them, it will be a step in the right direction for the governments to invest in sanitation facilities to prevent the spread of the locally transmitted coronavirus as they consider reopening schools.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director Matshidiso Moeti speaking in a virtual press briefing on Thursday noted that Schools in Africa are a “safe haven” for children.
In the view of her government’s must not be blind-sided by their effort to slow the spread of the locally transmitted coronavirus and end up with a lost generation.
The WHO Regional Director furthered that “just as countries with cases of the virus are opening businesses safely, we can reopen schools”.
The UNICEF Regional Director, Mohamed Fall inline with WHO added that “the long closure of school is a threat to the future of children and their communities.
A recent survey of conducted by the WHO and United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) indicated that only six African countries have fully ropened schools.
President Nana Akufo-Addo in one of his nation’s addresses monitored by Georgeweb.org announced for schools to be reopened to only final year students to continue with academic activities, complete the 2019/2020 academic year and sit for their final examinations respectively.