On February 10, the Quito office of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recommended that the safe and progressive reopening of schools be authorized as soon as possible.
In Ecuador, a pilot plan begins that allowed the opening of 77 rural schools in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic (covid-19).
The Minister of Education, Monserrat Creamer, stated that “we do it for the needs of our children and young people in the comprehensive protection of their rights; knowing that there is an increase in fear, depression, addictions and tendencies to suicide, so we proceed with total caution ”.
The Emergency Operations Committee (COE) added that classes are still suspended in urban educational centers for now.
However, the Minister stressed that a series of evaluations will be carried out weekly to determine if new pilot plans are endorsed in schools and universities.
On February 10, the Quito office of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recommended that the safe and progressive reopening of schools in Ecuador be authorized as soon as possible.
“Moving towards a safe and progressive reopening of schools should be a priority in the country, to avoid a learning crisis and an even greater impact on the well-being of children,” said Unicef in a report.
“The effects of the closure are devastating and the most vulnerable children pay the highest price. It affects their well-being, security and development ”, detailed the UN agency. (
On the morning of this Tuesday, March 2, the Minister of Education, Monserrat Creamer, said that students who do not return through optional pilots and volunteers have educational resources, through the #AprendemosJuntosEnCasa plan such as radio and television programs, pedagogical files, educational portal, among others.
Likewise, he specified that educational establishments that request progressive and voluntary return must have all the protocols in place. “If the Educational Unit decides to carry out the optional piloting, families can choose to continue the training process from home.” (I)