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Recovering lost learning in Ecuador after two years of the pandemic
It is 5 a.m. and Romina’s (14) alarm o’clock rings to start her daily routine. In what has been her room for the last few months there are clothes, some personal belongings, and notebooks which show her willingness to resume her studies after two long years without stepping foot in a classroom. Romina’s mornings are different now. She has…
Losing fear of COVID-19 vaccination through assertive communication
Vaccines save lives and so does communication that is assertive, transparent and to which people can relate. UNICEF, in coordination with PAHO/WHO, the World Bank and other organizations, supported the Ministry of Public Health (MSP), implementing, the National Communication Plan for Vaccination against COVID-19 and the Communication Plan for…, Communication with an intercultural approach, The inter-institutional roundtable for health promotion and risk communication for COVID-19 vaccination in peoples and nationalities of Ecuador has brought together leaders of indigenous peoples, governmental institutions and international agencies and organizations. From this space, communication actions have been coordinated to foster acceptance…
Baby Moisés, a survivor from a home with multiple vulnerabilities
Moisés rests in the arms of his grandmother Rosmelia, who watches him with joy. Two months ago, his situation was very different. At the mere age of two, he was admitted to the hospital emergency room due to acute malnutrition that put his life at risk. "I gave him medicine and he didn’t get better. All the food I gave him he rejected. He started…
UNICEF and ECHO support the reopening of rural schools in Ecuador
UNICEF apoya la reapertura de las escuelas rurales en Ecuador UNICEF/ECU/2021/Pintado For 18 months and as a consequence of the pandemic, the waters of the Cayapas River, in the province of Esmeraldas, stopped seeing the children going up and down the river in their canoes to get to school. Since July 2021, students from the 63 native Chachi,…, San José del Cayapas Community, Ariadna, 11, has been attending school again for two days now. "One of the things I like most about school is being able to spend time and play with my friends again," she says. During the time she was studying from home, Ariadna says she had some difficulty doing homework at times because she didn't have her teacher by her side to explain to her…, Trinidad Community, As a teacher and principal of the Provincia del Cañar school, Irma Quiñonez is happy to be able to be together again with her students. She assures that working in person is not the same as working remotely. "The pandemic has not affected us much in terms of infection because here in the countryside we are not as exposed as in the cities, however…
A year and a half without school: Margarita's story
It is early morning in El Cebadal, a rural community in Pimampiro, a canton in the province of Imbabura in the highlands of Ecuador. As the first glimmers of sunshine appear between the mountains, the roosters announce to Margarita that it is time to get up. In the cold of dawn, she goes out to the corral next to her house and collects the eggs…
Unable to study, Isaías divides his time between life in the neighborhood and his job.
The wind lifts the yellow clay that floods the roads of Monte Sinaí, the largest illegal settlement in Guayaquil and the poorest area of the city. The houses, all made of bamboo and with zinc roofs, are piled up on small hills whose vegetation has been devoured by the disorganized growth. About 300,000 people live in this area. Isaías, a 14-year-…
Teachers are key in protecting student’s mental health during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Thanks to a methodology developed by UNICEF Ecuador , teacher Luis Carlos Anchico (47) has been able to support the mental health and psychosocial well-being of his students through phone and video calls during the COVID-19 emergency. Photos and video are available here. Santo Domingo, Ecuador - The alarm on his cell phone and the meowing of…, Reopening schools cannot wait, children need to get their learning and the mental health and well-being back on track.
"I never learned how to read, but I want what’s best for my kids"
Jair, 15 years old, spends much of his day building cars out of cardboard. From ambulances and limousines to buses and trucks, the bamboo walls of his room are adorned with all his creations. "I have a dream of building real cars and being a mechanic. I want to help my family have a better life, but to do that I know I have to study, although…
What do children think after a year out of school?
Ecuador - Friday, March 13, 2020, a little over a year ago, was the last time that classrooms welcomed the joy and presence of the more than 4.4 million children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are enrolled in the Ecuadorian education system. Since then, most schools in the country have remained closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while shopping…, Jeremy, 14 years old, Papayal Precinct, Tortuga Community, Esmeraldas Province Jeremy, 14 years old, talks about his experience. "Before, when I went to school, I divided my time between studying and harvesting cocoa. Now I spend all day picking cocoa, and that's not easy," says the 14-year-old. Not having internet access, Jeremy meets with his teacher every eight days…, Joselyn López, 19 years old., Equinoccio, Putumayo – Sucumbios Province. For Joselyn, studying at home during the pandemic has been a major challenge. The only way to have contact with her teachers is through her cell phone. "The teachers send us homework by WhatsApp but it’s difficult to understand what to do. When we attended classes at the school, we knew what to do, what…, Leani, 13 years old., Partidero Precinct, Las Cumbres Community, Esmeraldas Province In order to continue her schooling during the pandemic, Leani has to make a six-hour trek on horseback with her mother. "Sometimes the trip can take up to seven hours, everything depends on the weather. Sometimes we leave very early in the morning and sometimes we leave in the…, Sebastián, 11 11 years old., Quito, Pichincha Province Even though Sebastián lives in the city of Quito, where there is greater access to connectivity, he does not have internet, because his family is going through some hard times economically and can’t afford the cost. To receive classes, he has to go to one of the windows of his house to connect to a neighbor's network. On…, Lidia Caice,, Mother Gabarra de Cantagallo Community, Sansahuari Parish, Sucumbíos Province As a single mother and head of household, Lidia assures that continuing her children's education during the pandemic has not been easy. Especially because she has to work every day and often cannot help her children with their homework. "I'm not at home. Sometimes I don'…, Elisa, 8 years old. , Quito, Pichincha Province Elisa lives in Quito and connects with her friends and teachers through a virtual platform. Although she has no connectivity problems, she does miss spending time with her friends and her teacher. "I would love to go back to school. The most important thing is to return safely, wearing a mask, keeping a distance of one-…
"I went from reporting COVID-19 cases in my neighborhood to living it first hand in my family"
Magdalena Zambrano, 47, is a woman living in Guayaquil, Ecuador who does not give up; not even in the toughest times. Inspired to help, she visits her neighbors’ homes in Monte Sinaí, checking on their health status. "I work every day with the kids here in my sector. I visit every home and make sure they have been vaccinated. Many children are…
Ecuador receives first of COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX Mechanism
Quito, Ecuador, March 17, 2021 (OPS/OMS). Ecuador received today 84,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Mechanism, a global effort between the Coalition for the Promotion of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Pan American…