The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has tasked governments globally to look for ways to return students to school safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The global children’s agency made the appeal in a post on its official Facebook page on Monday night, August 24, 2020.
It shared photos of a Ghanaian girl “reading outside her classroom in Ghana,” adding that “as a final-year student, she was allowed to return to school so she could finish her exams.”
According to UNICEF, “disruptions to education have taken place across the globe during COVID-19, but governments must look for ways to return students to school safely so that they don’t miss out on the opportunities that will determine their future.”
The call comes as coronavirus cases around the world hit 23,513,905, with 809,999 deaths, as recorded by the Johns Hopkins University.
UNICEF is a United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide.
The Ghanaian Government has already taken steps to return students to school, with some students initially contracting the coronavirus during their early days of returning to the classroom.
Some governments around the world have also made efforts to return students to school, but not without agitations from some groups who believe children’s lives were being risked by sending them to school amid the coronavirus pandemic.