Save the Children applauds South Sudan government’s decision to reopen schools

 

Save the children, South Sudan has commended the decision taken by South Sudan government to reopen schools.

In a statement,the country director of Save the Children in the country, Rama Hansraj said the decision eases the concern on how covid-19 has affected children’s rights to protection, survival and learning while at home.

Save the children said the step taken to reopen schools puts a smile on the faces of 2.2 million children whose education was disrupted by the pandemic.

The international humanitarian aid organization supporting children across the globe urged the government to put in place safeguarding guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

However, we urge the government to ensure that these children who are out of school are mobilized to resume their education and to put in place the necessary health guidance to ensure that children, teachers and their parents are protected from potential risks pose by the COVID-19″ Hansraj said

On Friday last week, South Sudan council of ministers decided reopening of schools across the country.

The learning facilities among other institutions, and public places were closed in March due to fear of the coronavirus.

Speaking during inspection visit to schools in Juba last week, the deputy minister of general education, Martin Tako said any school that does not fulfill the criteria will not be allowed to resume classes. 

The virus is passed from one person to another through droplets expelled when an infected person sneezes, coughs or speaks, but can be prevented by observing health guidelines such as wearing a face mask, hand washing with soap and clean water and keeping at least one-meter social distance away from others. 

As of Wednesday, South Sudan had 2,594 confirmed cases of COVID-19 including 49 deaths while the global infections stood at 29,444,198-out 0f which 931,321 are fatalities, according to World Health Organization.