Rambo Amadeus and young reporters: #DistanceHandsMask will keep our schools and preschools open
UNICEF Montenegro National Goodwill Ambassador Antonije Pušić, better known as Rambo Amadeus, and UNICEF’s young reporters are calling for respect for epidemiological measures with a song
PODGORICA, 26 MARCH 2021 – UNICEF Montenegro National Goodwill Ambassador Antonije Pušić, better known as Rambo Amadeus, and UNICEF’s young reporters are appealing to all citizens, including children and young people, to observe the #DistanceHandsMask measures everywhere, so that schools and preschools can be open. In this context, with the support of UNICEF and the British Embassy in Podgorica, Pušić has made a song entitled Distance, Hands, Mask.
Coronavirus is no joke. It is a sinister and dangerous disease. It has taken away some very dear people and friends of mine. Being careful is not enough, because there are always people near us who do not pay enough attention. I hope you will enjoy this song, made by my colleagues and myself. The refrain ‘Distance, mask, hands’ is intentionally repeated countless times, so that the message reaches even the most careless among us.
In the latest (February) survey conducted by Ipsos with the support of the British Embassy and UNICEF, one-fifth of Montenegro’s citizens (18%) said that they were not keeping a distance of 1–3 metres from their interlocutors, while one in every 10 citizens (11%) stated that they did not wear a mask indoors. Only half of the citizens (49%) said that they observed all three measures of #DistanceHandsMask.
We are calling on our peers and all citizens to observe all three measures of #DistanceHandsMask so that we can go to school normally.
UNICEF and UNESCO global report with data from 191 countries shows that so far no causal link has been observed between school openings and Covid-19 transmission. In addition, data on the COVID-19 transmission in Montenegro in relation to preschools, primary and high schools available at the Ministry of Education website http://www.covid19.edu.me/ shows that the greatest number of infected teachers and students are in municipalities which have the highest infection rates. This data indicates that schools are safe places which do not contribute to a rise in COVID-19 infections, if they are operated in line with all the preventative measures. For this reason, UNICEF calls for everyone to respect #DistanceMaskHands measures and for schools to be the last to close and the first to open during lockdowns.
UNICEF young reporter Emir Drešević points out that the global pandemic is a special challenge not only for education, but also for the mental health of young people.
It is sad when we celebrate birthdays by ourselves, when we cannot go to school and attend sports events, go to cinema or go out... We want a normal childhood and adolescence, and that is why we are calling on everyone to support us by observing the measures of #DistanceHandsMask.