Italy greenlights common strategy to reopen schools safely

A coalition of states agreed to share data to register the impact of COVID-19 on children, their families and communities in order to develop future policies following a WHO video conference yesterday in which 53 countries were represented.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte approved the coalition, underlining the effort that Italy and its health minister, Roberto Speranza, are undertaking to elaborate strategies to fight the virus.

“Thanks to Roberto Speranza, 53 countries are discussing with the World Health Organisation to enact a plan to reopen schools safely. That is our priority”, Conte said.

According to a joint statement by Speranza and Hans Kluge, WHO’s Regional Director for Europe “the objective is sharing information about our actions on the matter and developing a common strategy to ensure the best measures are enacted to guarantee a safe education for everyone.”

Moreover, equality is going to be a fundamental principle and “children must not become the hidden victim of the pandemic”, the statement added. (Alessandro Follis | EURACTIV.it)

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