According to data from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Uganda is the only country on the African continent where schools remain completely closed for almost two years despite a low rate of infections and deaths from Covid- 19.
Data from the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) tracks the impact of Covid-19 on education around the world and shows that schools in Uganda have been closed for more than 77 weeks, almost 20 months, and it continues.
This also makes Uganda the country that has closed schools longest in the world trailed by Nepal (74 weeks), Bolivia (73 weeks). India has also closed schools for 73 weeks, DailyMonitor reports.
Last month, United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) noted that school closures have created a shadow crisis for children.
“Beyond falling behind on their education, many children are missing out on school-based meals and routine vaccinations, experiencing social isolation and increased anxiety, and being exposed to abuse and violence. For some, school closures have led to drop out, child labour and child marriage”, the agency said.