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Millions of children in Latin America continue to be away from school

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Millions of children in Latin America continue to be away from school

United Nations, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) About 71 million children and adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean continue to be away from schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).
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Although most of Latin American and Caribbean nations have gradually reopened schools, only half of children are back to schools, UNICEF reported.

In at least five nations in that area, only a small number of schools were back in operation and less than 25% of students were able to resume in-person learning.

“While schools remain closed, the future of children and adolescents in the region, especially the most vulnerable, is at stake,” warned the UNICEF Regional Education Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean Italo Dutra.

In many Latin American and Caribbean countries, school period ends in December and minors now face nearly two years lost with their teachers and classmates, jeopardizing their right to learn, Dutra stressed.

UNICEF is currently working with the educational authorities of different states to guarantee that all children and adolescents return to schools, where they can access services to recover lost learning and support their psychosocial well-being.

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