Former Springbok player Thandai Mtawarira has joined the UNICEF initiative to protect the rights and safety of learners by keeping schools open. Mtawarira says schools are not only institutions of learning but are a safety net for children.
Schools must always be the last to close and the first to open. Too many children in Africa & around the world remain out of school due to Covid-19 closures, putting their futures at further risk. That’s why I joined the UNICEF call to reopen schools.
UNICEF stated that Since 2005, at least 57,000 children in Eastern and Southern Africa had verified violations to their rights due to armed conflict. This accounts for 22% of all global cases.
Mtawarira said UNICEF’s invite to join the call of schools to stay open made a lot of sense to him as a parent of two kids, as he would want to see his kids at school on a regular basis.
The former Springbok player says his Beast Foundation also champions for social causes and prioritises the future and safety of children.
Some children have been forced into child labour to assist their parents who struggle to put food on the table. Mtawarira added that schools act as a guide and mentorship to children’s future.
The children activist organisation also indicated that schools are a safety escape for many underprivileged children within communities.
Mtawarira urges parents to keep their children at school for their growth and development, and also stated that they must be coached to follow the Covid-19 safety measures well.
UNICEF says children have lost over 1.8 trillion hours of their learning in class due to Covid-19 and urges schools worldwide to stay open.
1.8 trillion ‒ and counting.
The ‘No Time to Lose’ installation at the @UN is a stark reminder of the in-class hours that schoolchildren worldwide have lost due to the pandemic.
— UNICEF (@UNICEF) September 17, 2021