UNICEF, FG devising strategies on safe school reopening — Official

FG has held meeting with UNICEF on safe school reopening
Ernest Sunday

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has stated that the organisation is working with the Federal Government to devise a suitable means for the safe reopening of schools.

An education Specialist, UNICEF Abuja branch Mrs Azuka Menkit disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in a "Zonal Stakeholders Dialogue School Re-Opening Readiness" in Akwanga, Nasarawa State.

The meeting which was organised by the Federal Government in collaboration with UNICEF was attended by NCDC, SUBEB, SBMC, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS),  Parents Teachers Association (PTA), traditional rulers among others from the North Central zone.

Menkiti said that the dialogue was organised to ensure the safety of school children and teachers on reopening of school.

”We have organised a similar meeting on Monday for policymakers made up of state commissioners to ensure safe school reopening.

”And today, we are organising this stakeholder dialogue for traditional rulers, SBMC, PTA, NAPPS among others on safe school reopening to ensure the safety of our children and teachers.

”UNICEF and Federal Government are committed and working hard to ensure safe school reopening, hence the need for this stakeholder dialogue, ” she said.

The UNICEF education specialist said that the meeting was mapped out to share the ideas and strategies in the readiness of school reopening.

”We are here specifically to share and review the draft school reopening readiness template as adapted from the school reopening guidelines.

”To agree on expected roles and responsibilities at all levels of education governance towards a safe return to school.

”To commit to minimum expectations and standards for safe return to school and to agree on best decisions in learning recovery upon school resumption,” she said.

Mentiki urged the continuous use of face masks, frequent hand washing, hand sanitizers by students, and teachers. She also advised Nigerians to continue to adhere to the government guideline as the COVID-19 is still existing.

She urged the stakeholders to continue to educate their children on the need to maintain the COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.

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