Lockdowns, school closures and physical distancing are all having a big impact on children. To get a glimpse into their world and to inspire others, these photo stories tell about how every child is supported to cope with the effects of school closures during COVID-19, from Bangladesh to Syria to North Macedonia.
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The 5-years-old twins Maksim and Jan practice yoga for children as they follow the TV-classroom programme broadcast on national television. The lesson they are watching is led by UNICEF supported teacher who is implementing social emotional learning in preschools. Like all pre-school children in North Macedonia, they have been home since March 2020 when the government temporary closed schools including kindergartens due to the spread of COVID-19. The programmes for them presents a range of activities including exercises routine which assist children who are at home can exercise themselves at the same time, it could be a kind of relieve and entertain for them while lockdown.
Hanan, 11 and a half years, lives in Za’atari refugee camp based in Jordan. In March 2020, Hanan’s school closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. It was the most difficult time of her life as she didn’t understand much through the distance learning. During the school closure, she loves attending her local UNICEF Makani centre, which is similar to school that learns subjects, but also gets to play games.
Mounee, 10 years old, studying in Level 4 at Dhaka, Bangladesh is preparing her academic lessons by watching television. Her school has initiated distant learning through digital and broadcast media platforms to continue children’s education from home due to the lockdown imposed across Bangladesh to contain the spread of COVID-19.
With the outbreak of the pandemic, school was closed and children were asked to keep social distance. The UNICEF-supported child space, where they used to play and learn was also closed. To cheer up the children in Teir-Ma’aleh in Syria, Volunteer Osama and other volunteers visited their home, gave them psychosocial support and carried out activities.
Soraya, 10 years old, prepares her things, says goodbye to her parents, and grabs her little sister by hand on the way to her school. In March 2020, schools were shut down as part of the Nigerien government's prevention measures to avoid the spread of coronavirus. School closures and the economic downturn forced thousands of children, especially girls, to drop out of school. In maintaining physical distancing and implementing public health measures, UNICEF and its partners introduced the use of masks and promoted the importance of frequent handwashing to various educational institutions. Soraya, today, can get back to school again.