Antonio Guterres recalls millions of children away from schools

United Nations - As many as 168 million children around the world have been away from schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a video displayed at the main entrance of the UN building.

On Twitter, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres uploaded and shared a video displaying empty tablet-arm chairs and children's school backpacks, close to the main entrance of the UN building.

'We are facing a global educational crisis. No effort should be spared to guarantee all children to return to classroom safely,' Guterres stressed.

He said that one of the most dramatic consequences of the pandemic has been the terrible suffering of children (and relatives too) because they cannot go to school. Many have the chance of following their classes virtually, but the poorest populations do not have Internet connection, so that this leaves millions of children with no opportunity to continue their education, Guterres said.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) draws attention to the educational emergency that shutdowns and restrictive measures have triggered globally due to the pandemic.

According to UNICEF, reopening school plans must include efforts for these children to recover their gone classes.

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