Consequences of the pandemic: 55 million children without education

Status: 10/29/2021 3:08 p.m.

Depression, anxiety and loneliness – for many children these are the consequences of school closings due to the pandemic. Aid organizations are therefore calling for schools around the world to be opened as quickly as possible.

Less than two years after the start of the corona pandemic, classes are still being canceled for 55 million children. This emerges from a report by the international organization UNESCO. According to this, schools are completely closed in 14 countries and only partially open in several countries, such as Indonesia, Mexico and Australia. Aid organizations are demanding that lessons be made possible again for all children.

No school for a year and a half

Uganda is the last African country in which educational institutions are currently completely closed. There school attendance should be possible again from January, reported the newspaper “Daily Monitor”. In the East African country, the classrooms have been empty for a year and a half. Schools in many other African countries were also closed for months after the start of the corona pandemic. However, according to UNESCO, classes are taking place again in most parts of Africa.

Except in Uganda, schools are currently still completely closed in Cuba, Sri Lanka and the Philippines due to the pandemic. On the South American continent, educational institutions are partially open in most countries. In Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina, children and young people had to do without classes for months.

“We can not wait anymore”

The press spokeswoman for UNICEF, Christine Kahmann, called for the schools that were still closed to be opened as soon as possible. “We can’t wait any longer,” she told the epd news agency. The disadvantages children suffer from school closings may never be made good again. For disadvantaged children in particular, schools are also a shelter where they can have the only warm meal of the day, for example. Above all, nationwide closings without taking into account the regional infection rate should be avoided.

The aid organization “Save the Children” warned of an “increase in mental emergencies” with a view to the UNESCO figures. The World Health Organization (WHO) also called for schools in Europe not to be closed again despite the increasing number of infections. “Interrupting children’s education should be the last resort.”

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