Schools resumption: UN expresses concern over Nigerian students


Jacob Adebayo
Ahead of parents and students’ preparations for Schools resumption, the United Nations has expressed concern about the students in Nigeria.

The body said safeguarding education from attack is urgently needed by Nigerian government in order to restore confidence in schools as places of protection for children and teachers.

A statement issued by Eliana Drakopoulos, Chief of Communications, Advocacy and Partnership UNICEF Nigeria, which quoted Edward Kallon, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria advised the Federal Government to ensure adequate protection of students and teachers to prevent hem from COVID19 attack.

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“As State Governments plan to reopen schools after prolonged closures, building a resilient education system to withstand future shocks should be included in pandemic response plans”, said Kallon.

He also added that prioritising safety in schools for educators and learners is an indication of the Government’s commitment to protecting investments in the education sector and a validation of Nigeria’s endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration.

Recall that the Federal Government has endorsed September 21 as a date for schools resumption across the nation.


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