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COVID-19: 1.57bn Children affected by school closure – UNICEF

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has estimated that more than 1.57 billion children in the world have been affected by COVID-19 related school closures, while the longer children are out of school, the greater the risk of sexual violence, child labour and child marriage.

This was disclosed on the world body social platform on Saturday, thought, UNICEF said it doesn’t have enough evidence to measure the impact on disease transmission rates, but the risks to children’s learning, safety and wellbeing are well documented.

According to UNICEF, “More than 1.57 billion children have been affected by COVID-19 related school closures. We don’t yet have enough evidence to measure the impact on disease transmission rates. But the risks to children’s learning, safety and wellbeing are well documented.

“The longer children are out of school, the greater the risk of sexual violence, child labour and child marriage. As schools make plans to reopen after COVID-19 shutdowns, it can’t be business as usual”, the world body said.

UNICEF noted that the world body is working with governments and partners to invest in better schools, and reach the most vulnerable children. “This includes making clean water, nutritious meals, psychosocial support and access to the Internet available for every child”, UNICEF added.


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