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School children across Tajikistan return to safe schools
As school doors reopen in Tajikistan, nearly 1.4 million schoolchildren are back to start the new academic year and continue their learning.
UNICEF in Tajikistan, the European Union, and the Government of Tajikistan continue working jointly to create an enabling and safe learning environment for all children.
Here is a glimpse of what measures are taken in Tajikistan to help children return to safer schools.
The new academic year in Tajikistan started on September 1st, 2021. Within the scope of partnership with the European Union, UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Education and Science with the implementation of the national safe school opening program “Safe return to schools” in all cities and districts of the country.
The “Safe return to schools” programme is aimed at capacitating teachers and educational professionals with the necessary skills and information for preparing schools for the ongoing spread of COVID-19. It is expected that by the end of the programme, more than 78 thousand teachers will be trained and ready to ensure the safe learning environment for schoolchildren.
“A school is so much more than a building. It's a place of learning, safety and play at the heart of communities in Tajikistan” said Mrs Petra Gasparova, Charge’s Affairs for EU Delegation in Tajikistan. “European Union has been committed globally and in Tajikistan to support Government to tackle the negative impact of the pandemic, and we are very glad to play a role in provision of safe learning to 1.4 million school children across the country. We appreciate the role of the UNICEF and WHO in promoting safe learning and grateful to the Government of Tajikistan in prioritizing learning for the children, so they have learning opportunities.”
“A school is so much more than a building. It's a place of learning, safety and play at the heart of communities in Tajikistan.”
In addition, a specially-established task force worked on the development of the promotional materials, animation, video and posters and leaflets regarding hygiene and the implementation of anti-epidemiological measures for the prevention of the COVID-19 spread in educational institutions in Tajikistan.
The developed material will assist teachers and parents and provide information on the main measures for the prevention of COVID-19 as well as highlight the role of parents in supporting children during their return to school. Additional support will also be provided to children with disabilities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that the simplest way to prevent the spread of all kinds of infectious diseases is by washing hands with a bar of soap.
Therefore, UNICEF and other development partners supported the Ministry of Education and Science with procurement of necessary PPEs, including face masks, gloves, hand sanitizers, disinfectants, and expected to make them available to the education institutions by the end of the “Safe return to schools" programme.
Schools are central to children’s development, safety, and well-being. Schools are not only a place for academic learning, but they play a key role in the safeguarding of children and driving referrals to basic health and social services. They provide specialized services to children and families, particularly children with disabilities. With risk mitigation measures in place, provision of essential sanitation and hygiene supplies, schools can be safer environments for children than being out-of-school.
"We thank our Government counterparts for ensuring continuous safe learning opportunities for children in the country, and the European Union for their generous support in making schools safer and learning better in the country."