Hindustan Times (Gurugram) : 2020-08-05

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:www.hindustant­imes.com/ http New Delhi/METRO/GURUGRAM Vol. XCVI No. 186 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 05, 2020 ■ THEATRE DOYEN ALKAZI, WHO MENTORED NASEERUDDI­N SHAH, OM PURI, DIES >p6 Virus effect on students a catastroph­e, may hurt decades of progress: UN HT Correspond­ent & Agencies ‘GENERATION­AL CATASTROPH­E’ letters@hindustant­imes.com ■ “Now we face a generation­al catastroph­e that could waste untold human potential, undermine decades of progress, and exacerbate entrenched inequaliti­es… Once local transmissi­on of COVID-19 is under control, getting students back into schools and learning institutio­ns as safely as possible must be a top priority” United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres warned on Tuesday that the world faces a “generation­al catastroph­e” because of school closures amid the coronaviru­s disease (Covid-19) pandemic and said that getting students safely back to the classroom must be “a top priority”. Guterres said that as of midJuly, schools were closed in some 160 countries, affecting more than 1 billion students, while at least 40 million children have missed out on pre-school. This came on top of more than 250 million children already being out of school before the pandemic and only a quarter of secondary school students in developing countries leaving with basic skills, he said in a video statement. “Now we face a generation­al catastroph­e that could waste untold human potential, undermine decades of progress, and exacerbate entrenched inequaliti­es,” said Guterres as he launched a UN “Save our Future” campaign. “Once local transmissi­on of Covid-19 is under control, getting students back into schools and learning institutio­ns as safely as possible must be a top priority,” he said. “Consultati­on UNITEDNATI­ONS/NEWDELHI: 1 billion students have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic 160 countries have shut schools to prevent infection spread 40 million children have missed out on pre-school 250 million children were already out of school before the pandemic ■ CONTINUED ON P 13 ■

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