The United Nations (UN) has called for teachers and students’ protection, as the Federal Government plans to reopen school in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The UN insist this will increase the confidence of students and other stakeholders in a period of insurgent attack and COVID-19 Pandemic crisis.
UN resident and humanitarian coordinator, Edward Kallon, made the call on Tuesday, September 8, in a statement marking the International Day to protect Education from Attack 2020.
Kallon stated that when the protection and safety of students and teachers is assured, it will raise confidence as schools which were closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, are now moving back to full action.
“As state government plan to reopen school after the prolonged closures, building a resilient education system to withstand future shocks should be included in pandemic response plans.
“Education is essential to helping crisis affected communities in the Nort-East rebuild and recover. Attacks on schools are a direct attack attack on future generations, I call on all parties to the conflict to take all necessary measures to protect education and give learners a chance to build a brighter future,” Kallon said.
The UN coordinator further added that prioritizing safety in schools for teachers and students is suggestive of the government commitment to protecting investments in the education sector.
He however noted that millions of children have been affected by the atrocities of terrorists in the North-East, while seeking for collective efforts in the fight against the insurgency in Nigeria.