WHO directs African countries to hasten reopening of schools

WHO directs African countries to hasten reopening of schools

The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged African countries to make quick arrangement that will see schools reopen to save children from suffering.

Commenting on the matter, UNICEF regional director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Mohamed M. Malick Fall, said that the long-term impact of extending the school shutdown caused harm to the children’s future.

“When we balance the harm being done to children locked out of schools, and if we follow the evidence, it leads children back into the classroom,” Malick stated.

WHO regional director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti stated that schools paved way for success for many Africans as well as provided a safe haven for children in challenging situations.

“We must not be blind-sided by our efforts to contain Covid-19 and end up with a lost generation. Just as countries are opening businesses safely, we can reopen schools,” he said.

Education CS George Magoha has insisted that learning will take place under the Community Based Learning program. TSC data shows that at least 225,000 teachers have registered for the program. The education CS also said the Community Based Learning has no official syllabus but its upon the teacher to decide on the content.

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