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UNICEF plans with stakeholders on safely reopening schools

Nigeria shut schools in March to curb the spread of COVID-19. States such as Lagos began reopening schools this month.

• September 24, 2020
A photo of students in a classroom

UNICEF is engaging with traditional authorities, parent-teacher associations, governments and other education stakeholders to develop a protocol for reopening schools.

At a stakeholders’ event in Nasarawa, UNICEF’s senior education official Azuka Menkiti said on Monday that UNICEF has developed a template for reopening classrooms and it wants stakeholders to support its work.

”We are here specifically to share and review the draft ‘school reopening readiness template’ as adapted from the school reopening guidelines.

“[We’re looking] to [reach an agreement] on expected roles and responsibilities at all levels of education governance…”

Ms. Mentiki also advocated the continued use of face masks and hand sanitisers by students and school staff.

Nigeria shut schools in March to curb the spread of COVID-19. States such as Lagos began reopening schools this month. 

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