Safe environments in educational institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic

The 2020-2021 academic year has started in most schools in Uzbekistan. Preschools are also actively preparing to accept children after the break due to lockdown.

UNICEF Uzbekistan
Карандаши на столе, дети на фоне в процессе занятия.
UNICEF Uzbekistan
18 September 2020

The 2020-2021 academic year has started in most schools in Uzbekistan. Preschools are also actively preparing to accept children after the break due to lockdown.

The educational process is so important for children; communication with teachers and peers is irreplaceable and an important component of the entire educational and developmental process for children of all ages.

But how should schools and preschools be made safe for children and adolescents during a pandemic? This issue has become a priority for countries all over the world, and in Uzbekistan all the necessary measures have been taken to ensure that children can return to schools and preschools with a minimal risk to their health.

To ensure the safety of young children and adolescents in preschools and schools, the Government of Uzbekistan has come up with operational guidelines for the safe reopening of pre-schools and schools for the staff of educational institutions. In order to complement and support the implementation of these guidelines, the ministries concerned - the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Preschool Education, the Ministry of Public Education, along with UNICEF, have come up  a range of informative and educational materials for children and parents, and for staff in all educational institutions, including those in administrative roles.

These materials offer basic information on the coronavirus and raise awareness about the importance of adhering to hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and social distancing when mixing together in educational institutions during the pandemic. The materials also include detailed instructions on how to organize a safe environment, and on teaching and engaging with young children in preschools.