The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that it is working with the Federal Government toward ensuring safe school reopening considering the importance of health to societal development.
Mrs. Azuka Menkiti, Education Specialist, UNICEF, made this known during a Zonal Stakeholders Dialogue School Re-Opening Readiness organised by the Federal Government in collaboration with UNICEF in Akwanga, Nasarawa State.
Menkiti said that UNICEF has developed a template to ensure safe school resumption while soliciting for traditional rulers and relevant stakeholders’ support in ensuring that the environment is safe for students and teachers.
“We have organised a similar meeting on Monday for policymakers made up of state commissioners in order to ensure safe school reopening.
“And today, we are organising this stakeholders dialogue for traditional rulers, SBMC, PTA, NAPPS among others on safe school reopening in order to ensure the safety of our children and teachers.
“UNICEF and Federal Government are committed and working hard in order to ensure safe school reopening, hence the need for this stakeholder dialogue,” she said.
The UNICEF official said that the meeting was aimed at sharing and reviewing school reopening readiness template and to get the views of stakeholders and their support towards school reopening.
“We are here specifically to share and review the draft school reopening readiness template as adapted from the school reopening guidelines and agree on expected roles and responsibilities at all levels of education governance towards a safe return to school,” she said.
Mentiki also advocated for the continued use of face masks, frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizers by students and teachers as precautionary measures against COVID-19, adding that COVID-19 is real.
She urged stakeholders to continue to educate and sensitise their children and other people on the need to continue adhering to COVID-19 protocols.