We are happy to share with you a series of animated short films and posters on COVID-19 sanitary tips addressed to school-aged children.
UNESCO is supporting these products, produced by
Films du Cygne, to help spread these important messages.
The animations and posters are currently available in French and more languages are forthcoming. You can view the videos and other materials here.
Keeping students safe from school violence and bullying
The COVID-19 health crisis has pushed some 1.3 billion children and young people around the world out of schools and universities, sending them home as part of measures to slow the pandemic. While these students may be safer from the virus at home, they are at increased risk of violence. Increased internet use can put children at greater risk of online harms such as sexual exploitation and cyberbullying.
To help guide this work and to keep students safe during these unprecedented times, UNESCO and partners have released a suite of documents as part of Safe to Learn, a five-year global campaign to end violence in schools. This includes a technical note on COVID-19 and its implications for protecting children online, guidance for education ministries as they support schools to provide safe online learning experiences, and a set of recommendations – for governments to help prevent and respond to violence against children in different learning environments, including at home.
Answers to all the questions you have about COVID-19
Can adolescents catch COVID-19? What should I do if someone in my family gets really ill? I feel anxious about COVID-19 and its impact on my life, what should I do? Is it safe to go back to school?
The World Health Organization, together with UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, and the Adolescents and Youth Constituency of the Partnerships for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, have documented all of your questions and answers about COVID-19 in this practical guide for children and adolescents.
Further information can be found in all UN languages in these links: English - French - Spanish
- Arabic - Russian - Chinese
School violence and bullying is a key area of work for UNESCO. There are significant negative effects from the violence, including on academic achievement, mental health, and quality of life in general. Children who are frequently bullied are nearly three times more likely to feel like an outsider at school and more than twice as likely to miss school as those who are not frequently bullied. They have worse educational outcomes than their peers and are also more likely to leave formal education after finishing secondary school. Read more in UNESCO's Behind the Numbers report.
First International Day
On the first Thursday in November this year, UNESCO will recognize the first International Day against Violence and Bullying at School Including Cyberbullying School communities are encouraged to take part in the international day and can stay up to date with activities on the event webpage. ---- Read the full article here.
Why Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) continues to be important during COVID-19
Time for action on better social and emotional wellbeing and life skills for young people during COVID19 28 May 2020 was International Menstrual Hygiene Day with the social media handles of #ItsTimeForAction, #MHDAY2020 and #PeriodsInPandemics.
Pandemic or not, girls and women will continue to have periods. Menstrual health and hygiene are not only about menstrual products but also about emotional and mental wellbeing in relation to the menstrual cycle. Read the full article here.
As always, here are some messages of solidarity from students, teachers and national coordinators during this pandemic. Please click on the link below to watch and read inspiring messages of solidarity!
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