2020-11-21

Epidemic impacts children, many countries have introduced heart-warming measures

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Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, November 20th, November 20th is World Children’s Day. The raging new crown epidemic has impacted the lives, education and psychology of children in many countries. How to make children grow up healthily and happily is a test for governments, schools and parents of students all over the world. Some countries and regions have gathered the strengths of all parties to find ways to reduce the adverse impact of the epidemic on children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a report saying that as of November 12, more than 1 million children in the United States have been diagnosed with new crown virus . Sally Goza, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said that the epidemic has changed the lives of children and the long-term harm caused by the new crown virus is worrying.

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On November 12, the children’s playground in Domino Park, New York, USA was empty. (Distributed by Xinhua News Agency, photo by Guo Ke)

Affected by the epidemic, many schools in Afghanistan were forced to close. The international charity Save the Children stated that the epidemic has had a huge impact on Afghanistan’s public services, medical security, and economy, and 8.12 million children in the country urgently need assistance to survive 2020. The epidemic has also caused the prices of local food, edible oil, and sugar to rise, making it increasingly difficult for ordinary families to feed themselves.

The new crown epidemic has aggravated the humanitarian crisis in Iraq. The UNICEF Iraq Office recently issued a communiqué stating that impoverished children in Iraq are facing out of school, malnutrition and violence. Affected by the epidemic, nearly half of Iraqi children face high risks in health, living conditions, and education.

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On May 27, in Baghdad, Iraq, Iraqi children wore masks and played on a swing. Xinhua News Agency

According to data released by the National Institute of Statistics and Census of Argentina, at the end of 2019, 52.3%of the country’s children were living in poverty. The epidemic has made the living conditions of Argentine children more severe. UNICEF pointed out that in May of this year, the proportion of poor children in Argentina rose to 58.6%, and this number may rise to 63%by the end of this year.

Save the Children said in May this year that a survey conducted in many countries showed that under the epidemic, factors such as long-term depression, social isolation, and lack of outdoor activities will seriously affect children’s mental health.

Nepal Executive Director of the National Committee for Children’s Rights Milan Dalal said that because of the epidemic, many Nepalese children cannot Free activities, unable to go to school, parents are unable to take care of their children as well as before due to unemployment or reduced income-generating ability. Bhandari, chairman of the Union of Child Guardians of Nepal, pointed out that the biggest impact of the epidemic on children is in education. At present, less than 30%of students have the conditions to conduct distance learning during the epidemic.

In the face of various practical difficulties, some countries and regions have actively introduced heart-warming measures to help children tide over the epidemic in all aspects.

On the occasion of World Children’s Day this year, the Kuwait National Child Protection Association launched a publicity campaign on social networks, calling on the whole society to listen to children’s needs and let children love reading and learning. In order to improve the ability of parents to help their children learn under the epidemic, the Kuwait National Child Protection Association invited experts in related fields to hold several lectures and forums online and offline, so that parents can learn how to help children effectively online classes.

The spokesperson of Nepal’s Ministry of Education Deepak Sharma said that considering that most students do not have computers at home and cannot access the Internet, the government is issuing mobile phone cards to students for free on a large scale for them to use mobile data. Take online learning online.

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On June 22, a child received a nucleic acid test at a test site in Hebron, a city on the West Bank of the Jordan River. Published by Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Mamon Wadsworth)

To ensure that the poor children in the epidemic have enough food and nutrition, the government departments of the Gaza Strip in Palestine are assisted by UN agencies and other partners. , To provide food for children and their families living in refugee camps. The local education department also recorded teaching videos for children and cooperated with UN agencies to open learning centers and psychological counseling centers for children under the premise of ensuring the safety of epidemic prevention to reduce the psychological impact of the epidemic on children.

Affected by the epidemic, Myanmar’s schools cannot open normally. The director of the Bureau of Basic Education of the Ministry of Education of Myanmar Gorewin said that they plan to broadcast courses through TV and radio so that more children can watch TV and listen to the radio. The way to persist in learning. (Reporters involved:Deng Xianlai, Chen Xin, Zou Delu, Zhang Miao, Ni Ruijie, Zhang Gaiping, Zhou Shengping, Wang Wei, Nie Yunpeng, Xiong Sihao, Zhang Dongqiang, Che Hongliang)

Source:Xinhua News Agency