UNICEF’s education response to the challenges during the pandemic also has its virtual space

11 June 2020
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PANAMA CITY, June 9, 2020 - As part of the response to the educational challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean during the time of COVID-19, UNICEF launches its new online repository that brings together the main resources recently developed by the organization and its partners, and which is available to the ministries of education, educational communities, as well as other stakeholders such as teachers, students and families.

Being a space for facilitating knowledge management to guarantee the right to education for all children and adolescents, the repository will be continuously updated with resources on critical educational issues currently arising from the pandemic.

For the purpose of providing knowledge, information, good practices and useful tools for governments and other stakeholders, as well as developing adequate responses to the various challenges being faced by the education systems in the region, this repository is composed of six thematic categories that gathers technical and practical resources on the following areas:

  1. Learning continuity: Messages, tools, guidance, resources on learning continuity, as well as information for COVID-19 prevention and control in schools, and the contingency planning, risk reduction, preparedness and response framework.
  2. Reopening of schools: Guidelines for school reopening will soon be included for ministries of education, schools, care facilities for early childhood development and learning. Likewise, practical tools will be available such as a series of videos with ‘back to school’ recommendations for preschool, primary and secondary students, as well as teachers and parents.
  3. Early childhood education and learning: Guidance on talking about coronavirus with young children in a simple, clear and reassuring way; recommendations to families on how to combine working from home with childhood caring; guidelines on how to avoid burnout; guidance on what parents and teachers should know about coronavirus to protect children and students; family friendly policies in the context of COVID-19; as well as, recommendations and guidance for parents and caregivers in the times of COVID-19.
  4. Education and skills development for adolescents: Measures should be taken to provide adolescents distance learning opportunities that are equitable and inclusive during school closures, as it affects their educational trajectories. This effort must encompass both knowledge and skills development that are key to succeed in school, work and life. To its linkage with the Plan12 initiative, adolescents in the region are learning, while they participate in the transformation of their environments.
  5. Inclusive education: In the present context, inclusive education is part of the comprehensive response in an emergency. Therefore, there are documents on the considerations for children and adults with disabilities for the COVID-19 response, guidelines for teachers, as well as digital resources for distance education.
  6. Mental health and psychosocial support: It is important for families to develop emotional and social skills to promote physical and psychological well-being from home, through the adoption of healthy practices and lifestyles. This category features resources on mental health and psychosocial support; guidance on how to support young children to face changes; advice on how to protect the mental health of families in the face of coronavirus disease; strategies for teenagers on how to protect their mental health during coronavirus outbreak; recommendations to families on how to combine working from home with childhood caring; and recommendations for parents and caregivers in times of COVID-19.

This online repository is complemented with access and links to the websites of our partners in the region, such as the Regional Education Working Group (REWG); the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI); and the variety of online platforms and resources available by the ministries of education and in the countries where UNICEF provides technical assistance.

 

This repository is located on UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean website and can be accessed through this link.

Media Contacts

Laurent Duvillier
Regional Chief of Communication
UNICEF Latin America and Caribbean
Tel: + 507 3017393
Tel: + 507 6169 9886
Marisol Quintero
Regional Communication Specialist
UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean
Tel: +507 3017484

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