Accelerating school reopening in Chad using an integrated approach.
A case study examining the intersectoral nature of reopening schools in Chad after the first wave of the COVID-19 outbreak.
In March 2020, when the Government of Chad closed schools to curb the spread of COVID-19, over 3 million children aged 3 to 17 (1,282,699 girls), including over 214,000 children already affected by emergencies, experienced disruptions to their schooling. Faced with the unprecedented scale of school closures, the Government responded by adopting flexible educational programming based on the principle of “holding no child back” and, supported by UNICEF, by offering distance education alternatives. At the same time, efforts to improve school hygiene and spread effective COVID-19 prevention messages were undertaken to prepare for safe school reopening.