As the coronavirus pandemic threatens to overwhelm public health systems, and puts societies and economies into turmoil, our job is to mitigate a long-lasting impact on children’s learning and wellbeing, especially for the most vulnerable.
What children ask for
When I travel to countries where we work, I am met with one constant message from children themselves: their wish and demand for education.
Time after time, children living in the world’s toughest places say they want one thing above all else: the chance to go to school. School is a place to learn, but also so much more; a place to meet friends, eat a well-balanced meal, have a break from life at home, a safe space.
Yet millions of children around the world, are at risk of being left behind in COVID-19 education response plans. Those already left behind face the greatest risk.
In a series of videos, children living in the West Bank and Gaza shared their advice on how to stay safe and learn during the lockdown. In the occupied Palestinian territory, 1.43 million children require remote learning, yet 60,000 do not have internet and require alternative learning materials.
In Nigeria, 46 million students are affected by school closures, and 400,000 internally displaced children attend learning in camps and host communities.
Children around Nigeria including our Girl Champion, Purity Oriaifo and Youth Ambassador, Maryam Ahmed speak on how #COVID19 has affected their lives so far, their advice to other children on staying safe and their appeal to the government. pic.twitter.com/0nyDr4yDTs— Save the Children NG (@savechildrenNG) April 10, 2020