The World Health Organisation and Unicef have called on European Union member countries to keep their school doors open, even during the pandemic.
However, they emphasised that this should be done by vaccinating all teachers and educators in schools first, as well as implementing safety measures to reduce the risk of infection.
WHO Chief of Staff for the European region, Hans Kluge, remarked that the pandemic caused one of the biggest disasters in the history of European education.
As schools prepare to re-open their doors after summer recess, Kluge said it is vital for physical learning in schools to continue unabated. ‘This is of paramount importance to children’s education, mental health and social skills,’ he added.
Kluge also shared that children have suffered greatly ever since the pandemic hit, especially those who were already vulnerable or were unable to learn digitally.
‘Unlike a year ago, today we are in a position to keep them safe’, he said.