Juba, 04 August, 2020 / 7:51 pm (ACI Africa).
Following the push by two United Nations agencies for the government to reopen schools in South Sudan, the Director for Education in the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba has proposed that all partners in the education sector hold talks on the COVID-19 aspects before children are allowed back to class.
Last week, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) called on the authorities of the world’s youngest nation to reopen schools across the country, saying the staying home of children has damages that outweigh the risks of catching the novel coronavirus.
“If the schools are not reopened in good time, there is a huge risk that a majority of the learners will never go back to school again,” VoA reported UNESCO’s Education Chief Tap Raj Pant as saying.
In an interview with ACI Africa Monday, August 3, the Head of Education in the Archdiocese of Juba, Fr. Gabriel Asida proposed, “Before responding to the appeal on the reopening of schools, there is a need for us (education partners) to sit down as counterparts of the ministry of education.”
He added, “Sitting down as counterparts of the ministry of education is number one so that we look into the whole issue.”