Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has made a big deal about the long closure of schools. He says that the longer schools remain closed, the greater the risk of children from poor families never returning to classes. He said the decision to reopen schools should be ‘medical evaluation based’. Describing schools as shelters for children, the noted child rights activist also expressed concern over the situation in Afghanistan, where the Taliban took control of large parts of the country following the withdrawal of US-led forces last month.
Satyarthi said in the special interview, “The progress we have made so far for the safety and protection of children and women in Afghanistan should not be wasted. The school should be a safe haven for the children and no child should be used in any kind of fighting. It is essential for basic human freedom and dignity.’
Said this about the opening of schools in India
Satyarthi called a review of the situation urgent with regard to whether schools should be reopened now amidst the decline in the number of Kovid-19 cases in many parts of India. In a special interview given over the phone, he said that it should be a medical evaluation based decision. But we need to accelerate action to make schools safe for children. The longer schools remain closed, the more likely children from poor families are never to return to classes, especially those with no access to digital devices.
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Satyarthi said that schools are not only centers of academic training but also places of emotional, mental and social development. Schools give children a sense of sociality. Satyarthi was named by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last week as one of the 17 global ‘advocates’ to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He said that every child should be ‘free, safe and educated’ and that the UN community should not make any false promises to reach the goals but should actually work. Satyarthi said that our actions towards this generation can make or break our future world. I accept this appointment with the responsibility and honor to bring his voice to the center of global policy making.
Kailash Satyarthi: Kailash Satyarthi said on the closure of schools – this will increase the possibility of children from poor families never returning