The head of the UN kids’s company, UNICEF, referred to as Tuesday for lecturers to be amongst these given precedence entry to the COVID-19 vaccines.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on children’s education around the globe. Vaccinating teachers is a critical step towards putting it back on track,” UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore mentioned in an announcement.
Teachers must be “prioritized to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, once frontline health personnel and high-risk populations are vaccinated,” she mentioned.
“This will help protect teachers from the virus, allow them to teach in person, and ultimately keep schools open.”
According to UNICEF, on the peak of the primary wave of the pandemic on the finish of April, “school closures disrupted the learning of almost 90 percent of students worldwide.”
Assuming that faculties are usually not the primary driver of neighborhood transmission, UNICEF mentioned in its assertion that sadly, lessons at present stay closed for “nearly one in five schoolchildren globally — or 320 million children.”
We should “do everything in our power to safeguard the future of the next generation. This begins by safeguarding those responsible for opening that future up for them,” Fore mentioned.
“The consequences of extended, missed or impaired education are steep, especially for the most marginalized. The longer children remain out of school, the less likely they are to return, and the more difficult it is for their parents to resume work,” she mentioned.