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Signs of hope in schools around the world despite pandemic

POSTED February 8, 2022

Signs of hope in schools around the world despite pandemic

World is adapting and education continues, while working to overcome challenges

Girl in classroom

As the world continues to manage the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are positive signs education systems are recovering and adapting through health and safety protocols. According to UNESCO data released in late January, schools are open in most countries, despite the highly contagious Omicron variant.

Yet there is still more to be done, says the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

“Education continues to be deeply disrupted by the pandemic, but all countries are now keenly aware of the dramatic costs of keeping schools closed as UNESCO said for the past two years,” says Audrey Azoulay, director-general, UNESCO. “The expansion of vaccination and lessons from the past two years, has resulted in a new model based on school health and safety protocols.”

Very few countries have opted to close schools and operate under a fully remote learning model, compared to this time last year. Interestingly, more than 50 percent of teachers stated students had not progressed to the levels expected, while most teachers agreed it was difficult to provide necessary support for vulnerable students, according to a UNESCO survey.

Children Believe’s work continues to focus on ways to address the impact of COVID-19 and help children overcome barriers to access education. We’ve supported more than one-million children, women and other community members through programming focused on providing education about keeping safe; food rations and cash vouchers; PPE; child-protection support; and help to continue education.

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