Unicef: Almost 86 million children in Latin America are still out of school

The school acts as a "safe space" for children to "interact, play and grow together," Unicef said, stressing that schools are not associated with increased transmission of Covid-19.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Around 86 million children and adolescents are still out of the classroom in Latin America and the Caribbean due to the covid-19 pandemic, Unicef warned Thursday based on its latest estimates.

"During the last 18 months, most children and adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean have not seen their teachers or friends outside of a screen. Those who don't have internet directly have not seen them," said Unicef's regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Jean Gough.

Gough pointed out that "virtual education must continue and improve, but it is clear . . .

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