United Nations Children’s Fund has announced and confirmed to provide ‘back to school’ relief support for the affected schools in Vanuatu.
The agency estimates that up to 50% of Vanuatu’s schools have suffered damages done to its school, school infrastructures, facilities and resources by devastating Tropical Cyclone Pam.
As part of its humanitarian relief assistance, UNICEF will provide back to school relief support in the form of recreation supplies, tents to set up temporary classrooms and school kits. The supply will help the school resume classes and continue studies.
Dr Karen Allen, UNICEF Pacific Representative, explained that it is very important for children to return to school even if it is a temporary location or facility. He added that often the cost of replacing school supplies is too much for a family to cover when their homes, possessions and livelihoods have been damaged or destroyed.
These relief supplies will help the children to return to school and provide a reminder that education should always remain a top priority despite facing immense challenges.