For the first time in history, an entire generation has seen their education interrupted, with the poorest and most vulnerable children being the most affected. COVID-19 has shown the enormous digital divide in the world, which has not allowed children to continue learning.
We know from experience that the longer children are out of school, the more likely they Will not resume their studies, which is why we have taken action to ensure a safe return to school.
From Save the Children in Latin America and the Caribbean, we créate and distribute educational material in letters, arts, and emotion management to continue studying from home. In addition, we are informing teachers, families, and children about preventing COVID-19 while distributing hygiene kits. In Colombia, we have implemented temporary learning spaces in informal settlements so that children can continue studying.
In 2021, we implemented the Save Our Education campaign, together with children and adolescents. In addition, we provide spaces for discussion with global, regional and local authorities to express their experiences during the pandemic.
Organisations like ours have joined forces, but it is vital that governments ensure that all children, especially the most vulnerable, are supported to return to school when it is safe to do so. That way, they can return to a sense of normalcy and are protected from violence and abuse.