Last week, the Nigerian government issued an order for school administrators to contact parents and students for the full reopening of schools, following the COVID-19-induced closure.
Now we have to ask ourselves the following questions,
Are we really ready for school resumption?
Security protocols on the ground, are they realistic?
The security measures implemented by the schools, are they realistic?
Let’s answer the question. Although education is key to success, success can be achieved and fully utilized when there is good and solid health.
We must ensure that our children have a safe environment in which to learn the knowledge and skills they need for the future. Without a safe environment, it will be very difficult for us to move on. Prioritizing school safety for educators and students would be an indication of the government’s commitment to protecting investments in the education sector and a validation of Nigeria’s endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration.
As state governments plan to reopen schools, a resilient education system needs to be built to withstand future crises, and pandemic response plans must be included.
The lives of our children are more precious than gold and silver, the government, schools and parents must not compromise in guaranteeing safety guidelines at all times.
As a parent, the ball is in our custody.
As a school, the ball is also in our custody.
As a government, the ball is also in our custody.
Education is key to success, and only good health can make success realistic.