Al-Jasser leads Saudi participation in 41st ICAO Assembly    Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Commission Signs MoU with U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission    Saudi Arabia Achieves the Best Historical Result and Advances 12 Places Globally in E-Government Development Index    New Saudi defense minister meets Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council    UAE President, King of Bahrain congratulate Crown Prince on his new appointment    Khalid bin Salman reaffirms resolve to follow Crown Prince's path to build professional military forces    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Higher at 11,170 Points    KAPSARC: Saudi economy 60% more resilient to oil market shocks as a result of Vision 2030 reforms    Saudi Arabia to establish new unified regulator for insurance sector    Bank of England takes emergency action to stabilize UK economy, after earlier IMF warning    Hajj ministry replaces 'Etamarna' application with 'Nusuk'    Norway and Denmark tighten security around energy infrastructure after pipeline 'attack'    What is Popular Front of India and why has India outlawed it? PFI ban    OIC chief congratulates Crown Prince on becoming Saudi PM    Muscat Stock Exchange Index Ends Trading Lower    Body of famed US climber found on Mt Manaslu in Himalayas    Governor of Makkah Region Receives French Consul    Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Receives Kuwaiti Consul    KAUST Selects HPE to Build Powerful Supercomputer "Shaheen III"    Saudi Arabia, Senegal Sign Agreement to Establish Joint Business Council    Supported by KSrelief, Artificial Limbs Center Provides Medical Services to 551 Patients in Taiz, Yemen, in August    Saudi Investment Minister Meets Senegal's President, Chairs Saudi-Senegalese Joint Committee Meeting    10th Airplane of Saudi Relief Airlift Loaded with 30 Tons of Relief Items Arrives in Pakistan to Support Flood Victims    Asian Shares Sharply Lower    Hurricane Ian: Florida fears catastrophic flooding as storm nears    Yoga introduced to Saudi universities    Pregnant woman and her fetus rescued after being run over in Jeddah    'Gate to the East', all the way spectacular artwork from Saudi Arabia to China    Islamic Minister Al-Sheikh: Juristic judgment catalyst to salvage Islamic Ummah    Federer bows out of tennis with final match    Culinary Arts Commission Registers 13 Foods on Slow Food List of Endangered Food    Australian Football League: Racism allegations prompt calls for inquiry    F1 returns to Jeddah in 2023 March    72% of Children Globally have been Victims of Cyber Threats    Australian football club hit by 'harrowing' racism, bullying claims    Saudi National Football Team Continues Preparations for Friendly Match against Ecuador    Saudi Futsal Team Beats San Marino, Wins Silver in Croatian International Championship    During 2nd Global AI Summit.. AI-powered Early Breast Cancer Detection Program Launched    Triple talaq: India Muslim women in limbo after instant divorce ruling    Film Commission Reviews Film Industry Prospects in Saudi Arabia at Venice International Film Festival    Saudi national volleyball team loses to Kyrgyzstan in Asian Challenge Cup final    Saudi national volleyball team beats Uzbekistan, qualifies for the final of the Asian Challenge Cup    Ka'aba door bears witness to Saudi rulers' care for the House of God Kaaba' door, repentance' door contain more than 280 KG of pure gold    How Aamir Khan adapted Forrest Gump to Bollywood Laal Singh Chaddha    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Delivers Speech to Pilgrims, Citizens, Residents and Muslims around the World    Sheikh Al-Issa in Arafah's Sermon: Allaah Blessed You by Making It Easy for You to Carry out This Obligation. Thus, Ensure Following the Guidance of Your Prophet    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques addresses citizens and all Muslims on the occasion of the Holy month of Ramadan    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Countries urged to reopen classrooms, assess pandemic-related learning loss
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 13 - 07 - 2021

Around one in three countries are not yet implementing remedial programs to help students catch up on their learning, in the wake of school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two UN agencies and partners said in a report issued on Tuesday.
The finding is among the results of a survey conducted by the UN educational and cultural agency, UNESCO; the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF; the World Bank, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Meanwhile, only one-third of countries, mainly high-income nations, are taking steps to measure learning losses at the primary and lower-secondary levels.
"Measuring learning loss is a critical first step towards mitigating its consequences. It is vital that countries invest in assessing the magnitude of such losses to implement the appropriate remedial measures," said Silvia Montoya, director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.
Survey reveals risks
In total, 142 countries participated in the survey, which covers the period from February to May of this year, and spans four levels of education, from pre-primary through upper secondary schooling.
Fewer than a third of low and middle-income countries reported that all students had returned to in-person schooling, heightening the risk of learning loss as well as drop-out.
However, most countries have encouraged students to return to school through measures such as community engagement, school-based tracking, financial incentives and improvements to water, sanitation and hygiene services.
The survey further documents how countries are addressing the challenge of reopening schools and deploying distance-learning strategies.
"Remote learning has been a lifeline for many children around the world during school closures. But for the most vulnerable, even this was out of reach. It is urgent that we get every child back into the classroom now," said Robert Jenkins, UNICEF Global Chief of Education.
"But we cannot stop there; reopening better means implementing remedial programs to help students get back on track, and ensuring that we prioritize girls and vulnerable children in all our efforts."
Reopening schools cannot wait
The report was released during the Ministerial segment of UNESCO's Global Education Meeting on Tuesday, held on the margins of the annual UN High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development.
Ahead of the meeting, the agency's Director-General Audrey Azoulay and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore issued a statement underlining why reopening schools cannot wait.
With classrooms still shuttered in 19 countries, affecting more than 156 million students, they warned that the losses children and young people incur from missing out on school may never be recouped.
"From learning loss, mental distress, exposure to violence and abuse, to missed school-based meals and vaccinations or reduced development of social skills, the consequences for children will be felt in their academic achievement and societal engagement as well as physical and mental health," they said.
"The most affected are often children in low-resource settings who do not have access to remote learning tools, and the youngest children who are at key developmental stages."
Mortgaging the future
School closures also affect parents and caregivers, they added, as having to keep children at home has forced some parents to leave their jobs, especially in countries that have limited or no family leave policies.
The UN officials urged decision-makers and governments to prioritize the safe reopening of schools to avoid "a generational catastrophe".
They pointed to evidence which shows that schools are not among the main drivers of coronavirus transmission, and the decision on whether to open or close them should be based on risk analysis and the "epidemiological considerations" in communities where they are located.
"Closing schools mortgages our future for unclear benefits to our present," they said. "We must prioritize better. We can reopen schools safely, and we must." — UN News

Clic here to read the story from its source.