UN warns of ‘catastrophe’ brought on by college closures

United Nations, August 4

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Tuesday that the world faces a “generational catastrophe” due to college closures amid the coronavirus pandemic and stated getting college students safely again to the classroom have to be “a top priority”. Guterres stated as of mid-July faculties had been closed in some 160 international locations, affecting greater than 1 billion college students, whereas at the least 40 million kids have missed out on pre-school.

This got here on high of greater than 250 million kids already being out of college earlier than the pandemic and solely 1 / 4 of secondary college college students in growing international locations leaving with fundamental abilities, he stated in a video assertion.

“Now we face a generational catastrophe that could waste untold human potential, undermine decades of progress, and exacerbate entrenched inequalities,” stated Guterres as he launched a UN “Save our Future” marketing campaign.

“Once local transmission of Covid-19 is under control, getting students back into schools and learning institutions as safely as possible must be a top priority,” he stated.

“Consultation with parents, carers, teachers and young people is fundamental.”

The UN suggestions for getting international schooling again on monitor come as US President Donald Trump pushes for faculties to reopen within the face of opposition from some lecturers and oldsters whereas Covid-19 is surging in lots of elements of the nation.

The coronavirus, which first appeared in China late final 12 months, has contaminated 4.6 million individuals within the United States and killed greater than 155,000 Americans since February, in keeping with a Reuters tally. Deaths rose by over 25,000 in July and circumstances doubled in 19 states throughout the month.

Globally the coronavirus has contaminated at the least 18.1 million individuals and there have been greater than 689,000 recognized deaths worldwide, in keeping with the Reuters tally. — Reuters

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