With the reopening of schools in countries where they have been closed, we are now entering a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. These nationwide and localized closures of schools are impacting over 90% of the world’s student population (around 1.3 billion children and young people). Reopening schools is not an easy thing to do, although at this stage of the pandemic in most countries it is a priority because the impact of closure is massive. The concrete mechanisms of the reopening differ, depending on the socioeconomical context and the cultures of the countries.
Since this pandemic is unique so as the extend of closure, there is a crucial need for sharing information about the local and national strategies in different contexts. That’s why the UNESCO Chairs and WHO Collaborating Centre in Global Health and Education together with the Schools for Health in Europe network foundation (SHE) have launched a knowledge sharing process on the reopening of schools. The key idea is that we need both evidence-based but also practice-based decisions and educational practices.
We would be happy if you are prepared to complete the short questionnaire about the situation in your country, region, city or school in order to enrich the inventory of practices. Your contribution will be added to a webpage about COVID-19 where you find the articles related to the available scientific data, guidelines developed by UNESCO, WHO, WASH in Schools and other institutions and the practices collected worldwide by the community of the Chair.
Thank you in advance for your contribution,
UNESCO Chairs and WHO Collaborating Centre in Global Health and Education, and SHE