Humanitarian Response: Education
The security situation within the schools was relatively calm compared to the previous months. The increase in COVID-19 cases especially in the NW region is affecting students and teachers, with some being infected. In compliance to Government and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, systematic screening for COVID-19 began in schools in February. So far, 2.45 per cent of teachers have been tested and 11.1 per cent among them were tested positive. 4,814 children were tested and 229 cases, representing 4.8 per cent, tested positive. Approximately 30 per cent of functional schools in the NW have recorded positive COVID-19 cases. Unfortunately, due to the lack of test kits, and insufficient prevention equipment, the testing and prevention exercise might soon be halted.
Education Cluster partners reached 41,650 students including 22,713 girls and 18,937 boys, with response interventions adapted to the COVId-19 context such as, radio education, distance learning, distribution of recreational kits, psychosocial support, and COVID-19 sensitization.