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Karina Manukyan

UNICEF expands support in 145 countries, including Armenia

UNICEF expands support in 145 countries, including Armenia

ArmInfo. As nationwide school closures disrupt the education for more than 80 per cent of students worldwide, UNICEF today announced it will significantly scale up  support in all countries to help children continue their learning  while keeping schools safe. 

"Schools in the majority of countries worldwide have closed. It is an  unprecedented situation and unless we collectively act now to protect  children's education, societies and economies will feel the burden  long after we've beaten COVID-19. In the most vulnerable communities,  the impact will span generations," said Robert Jenkins, UNICEF Global  Chief of Education.

"Based on lessons learned with the school closures in response to  Ebola, the longer children stay away from school, the less likely  they are to ever return. Giving children alternative ways to learn  and also by doing so, rebuild a routine is a critical part of our  response," said Jenkins.

To help curb the disruption to children's education and keep children  learning safely, UNICEF has allocated additional funding to  accelerate work with governments and partners in more than 145 low-  and middle-income countries. The initial global allocation of US $13  million - nearly $9 million of which is from a contribution made by  the Global Partnership for Education - will be catalytic by  supporting national governments and a wide range of education  partners in each country to develop plans to enable a rapid,  system-wide response.

The initiative will enable countries to prepare alternative learning  programmes in the case of school closures and help schools keep  children and their communities safe by providing vital information on  handwashing and other hygiene practices. The funds will also help  support children's mental health and prevent stigma and  discrimination by encouraging students to avoid stereotypes when  talking about the virus.

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