UNICEF welcomes school reopening and congratulates children, teachers and parents
TBILISI, Georgia. 28 September, 2021. UNICEF welcomes the Government’s decision to re-open schools and pre-schools from 4 October throughout Georgia.
Congratulations to all children, parents and teachers for school reopening and we do continue to partner with the Ministry of Education and Science and National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health on ensuring a safe environment in schools and pre-schools.
It is important the Government, local authorities and school administrations to support schools to resume in-person learning, by doing everything possible to mitigate the transmission of the virus, such as the provision of cleaning materials, soap, clean water and, where appropriate, protective equipment and implementing social distancing.
UNICEF continues supporting the Ministry of Education and Science and National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health in promoting vaccination among teachers. Vaccination of teachers is important to protect them from community transmission and to help keep them healthy so they can continue the inspiring work they do in the classroom.
Schools are central to children’s development, safety, and well-being. The risks to children, while they are out of school, are greater than the risks to them while in school, for three key reasons:
- The impact of school closures on students’ learning, health, and well-being at critical developmental stages have profound repercussions on children, their families, and their economy. Many of these children will never catch up.
- With risk mitigation measures in place, schools are safe environments for children. The latest evidence shows that schools do not drive the spread of COVID-19 in the community and that COVID-19 does not pose a high risk to children.
- School closures have the greatest negative impact on the most vulnerable children, those who are far less likely to have access to remote learning and more likely to be exposed to violence, abuse, neglect, child labor, and other risks.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/georgia/