UN chief warns about ‘generational catastrophe’ on education in the world
NEW YORK (US) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gave warning on Tuesday that the world faces a “generational catastrophe” because of schools being shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. He said that getting students back to the classroom safely must be “a top priority.”
He added that as of mid-July, schools from around 160 countries were closed, affecting more than 1 billion students. Moreover, at least 40 million children have not been able to attend pre-school.
He said in a video statement that already more than 250 million children were out of school before the pandemic.
Guterres, while launching a UN “Save our Future” campaign, says, “Now we face a generational catastrophe that could waste untold human potential, undermine decades of progress, and exacerbate entrenched inequalities.”
He said, “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. Consultation with parents, carers, teachers and young people is fundamental.”
The UN recommendations for getting global education back on track came after US President Donald Trump pressed for schools to reopen, while there has been opposition from some teachers and parents as COVID-19 is increasing in many parts of the country.
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