The Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, warned on Tuesday that the world is facing a "generational catastrophe" due to the closure of schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.
He said that safely bringing students back to class must be “a priority.”
Guterres noted that in mid-July schools were closed in nearly 160 nations, affecting more than 1 billion students, and that at least 40 million children have not had preschool education.
Those absences are in addition to the more than 250 million children who were no longer in school before the start of the pandemic and that only a quarter of high school students in developing countries graduate with basic competencies, he said in a video statement.
"We are now facing a generational catastrophe that could waste incalculable human potential, undermine decades of progr that and exacerbate entrenched inequalities, "Guterres said at the launch of the" Save Our Future "campaign.
" Once the local transmission of Covid-19 is controlled, return students to school and institutions in Teaching in the safest way possible should be a top priority. ”
“ It is essential to consult parents, caregivers, teachers and youth. ”