In its new report, UNICEF has also warned that the future of a whole generation is in danger, with the promise of vaccine available soon. The United Nations Children’s Working Unit believes that the threat to children has increased rather than decreased, as the world is reeling from the economic decline caused by the epidemic.
The report, based on a survey conducted in 140 countries, draws a picture warning of three types of threats facing a generation. These threats include direct consequences of the epidemic, interruption of essential services and rising poverty and inequality.
UNICEF says that if the bottlenecks in all basic services, including immunization and health, are not rectified, then two million children may die in the next 12 months and an additional two million may be born right now.
The report also found that keeping the schools closed slowed down the spread of the virus, but could be harmful in the long run. Although higher education institutions have played a role in community outbreaks of the epidemic, data from studies in 191 countries included in the report showed that there is no consistent correlation between reopening status of schools and the Kovid-19 infection rate .
UNICEF warns that the younger generation may lose their capacity until the global community immediately changes its priorities. According to UNICEF, children and schools are not the main carriers of epidemic prevalence in all countries. There is evidence that the net benefit of keeping schools open reduces the cost of keeping them closed.
It would be harmful to keep the school closed for too long
According to UNICEF, by the time the first wave of the epidemic peaked, 90 per cent of the world’s students (about 1.5 billion children) had their classes disrupted and 46.3 million children had access to remote learning (online classes). Is not.
The UNICEF report states that the longer the schools remain closed, the more children will suffer from extensive learning loss. This will have long-term negative effects, including future income and health.
60 crore children are currently affected by school closure
According to the report, around 60 crore children have been affected by the school closure till November. More and more governments have renewed the lockout order in schools due to the recurrence of the virus.
In New York City itself, the entire public school system has been closed since Thursday and the same is being done in other cities. But UNICEF believes that such steps have not proved to be helpful in slowing the spread of the virus.