Monday, 06 July 2020 15:13

Korea collaborates with UNICEF to assist SL schools safety from Covid-19

Korea in collaboration with UNICEF has stepped in to assist the safe operation of schools and the learning recovery of all children in Sri Lanka

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have formally signed a grant agreement to provide a US$ 600,000 (Rs. 111.4 million) grant, funding and supporting the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) critical response to COVID-19 in the education sector.

The $ 600,000 grant will support activity that will enable the safe operation of schools and the learning recovery of all children, in line with the planned phased return to school.

This work will be delivered by the Ministry of Education (MoE) in collaboration with UNICEF and will specifically include the implementation of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) protocols, the promotion of hand washing in schools.

It will also support learning recovery through alternate, innovative, learning methods to ensure effective and continuous learning is provided for children who will remain at home until schools are completely reopened for all children.

Speaking at the grant awarding ceremony, KOICA Sri Lanka Country Director Youn Hwa Kang said: “At a time when the entire world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sri Lankan Government’s successful measures to control the spread of COVID-19 should be commended.

(LIN)

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