UNICEF scales up support in 145 countries to marginalize disruption of education amid COVID-19

As the closure of the schools was affected across countries due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it is estimated that studies of 80 percent of the students have been disrupted. Responding to the crisis, UNICEF announced that it will scale up its contributions in 145 countries to enable the students in learning while the schools are closed.

The UNICEF or The United Nations Children’s Fund has decided to allocate additional funds to marginalize the disruption caused by the closure of the schools in wake of Corona Pandemic. The funding will be done by the world agency to give impetus to the educational initiatives of the government and partners in 145 low- and middle-income countries.

According to the statement made by the official at UNICEF an allocation of US $13 million is being made.

Preparation of alternative learning programmes and lessons in community safety are to be disseminated through the initiative. The other areas where the fund is aimed for impact include the mental health promotion and avoidance of stigma and stereotypes that crop up when responsibility of the crises is hastily assigned.

The areas in which the UNICEF will work in 145 countries include augmentation of the crisis response plans of the national governments, assisting schools in preventing community transmission, planning and implementation of remote learning programmes which include not only the internet but other media like radio and television. The other area that the UNICEF has targeted is the capacity building for the current and the future pandemics.

Vinod Kakumanu

Vinod Kakumanu

Founder & Consultant - School Serv

Vinod Kakumanu heads a team of school services professionals and is an independent commentator on Indian school education scenario. Vinod has assisted school promoters establish 35+ schools besides providing ancillary services to over 1000 schools across India. He envisions a future where quality education is made available to every child of the country. The focus he places on the quality of the deliverables and customer satisfaction has made him renowned in the field of K-12 school education.

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