(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 23 – Millions of students have returned to school classrooms in the Philippines, for the first time in more than two years. This was announced by Save the children which supports the reopening in the presence of schools for the school year 2022-2023, provided that the lessons can be carried out in safety for both children and school staff, that the mental health and well-being of children are given priority and education systems are further strengthened.
The Philippines was one of the last countries to return to face-to-face learning after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted education around the world. About 24,000 public schools in the country, or just under half, will resume five days of face-to-face lessons this week. The others will offer a mix of face-to-face and online classes until November 2, when all 27 million registered students are expected to return to class full-time.
“After two and a half years, the impact of school closures in the country due to the pandemic has become more evident than ever. Over 90% of Filipino children have difficulty reading and understanding simple texts by the age of 10. We are. convinced more than ever that the protracted closures that have damaged children’s education across the country must remain a thing of the past. Education can no longer be treated as optional and children’s learning must take priority. Every Filipino child, regardless of who he is, where he is or what his condition is, has the right to a solid education, “said Alberto Jesus Muyot, Save the Children’s Director General for the Philippines.
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