Eduardinho, a 12-year-old boy from Maputo, Mozambique, wants to be lawyer so he can defend people in need. Access to education has had a profound impact on his life and outlook. Going to school meant he could learn to read, to stand, to walk and to become independent. Most importantly, he has made many friends and looks forward to a bright future. Access to education has also had a positive effect on Amir, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy from the West Bank city of Hebron. Amir loves to read and has access to a video magnifier that allows him to do so, despite having a visual impairment.
Like many other children with disabilities, Eduardinho and Amir are likely to be disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic. In most countries, social distancing and other measures are being carried out to contain the spread of the virus, resulting in severe disruptions to daily routines. For example, 90 per cent of children worldwide have been out of school due to school closures………………………………………………..
The Flexible Learning Strategies for Out of School Children programme is a UNESCO initiative with the aim of supporting inclusive and quality education for every child in the region. Our goal is to reach the remaining and most vulnerable 5% of children with no access to education in the region and support quality improvements in learning for every child.
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