The numbers are unprecedented, the implications enormous. As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the globe, a majority of countries have announced the temporary closure of schools, impacting more than 91 per cent of students worldwide – around 1.6 billion children and young people.
Never before have so many children been out of school at the same time, disrupting learning and upending lives, especially the most vulnerable and marginalised. Here are some of the ways UNICEF is working with partners to keep schools safe and students learning, in classrooms or at home, online and offline – wherever they are.
Latin America and the Caribbean
No region of the world has been spared from the COVID-19 pandemic. By late March, around 95 per cent of enrolled children were temporarily out of school due to COVID-19 across Latin America and the Caribbean – more than 150 million children across the region.
To help keep children learning, UNICEF launched the #LearningAtHome initiative, providing a fun new activity every day that parents can adapt and share with others, from treasure hunt puzzles to creative toy spiderwebs.
UNICEF has challenged families to replicate or share their own activities using #LearningAtHome, and has been sharing some of the best examples, including Goodwill Ambassador Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s home concert (above).
If you want more information about other countries, go visit: https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/keeping-worlds-children-learning-through-covid-19