September 23: Children, Schools, and the Global Pandemic

September 23, 2021
2:00 pm BST - 3:00 pm BST


Join the Internews Health Journalism Network in partnership with UNICEF India for a one hour long webinar discussing the reopening of schools in India and around the world amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools around the globe have opened and closed over the past 18 months due to rising case numbers and infection risks for children and school staff. Despite the risks posed by COVID-19, there is enough evidence that shows the equally devastating consequences of prolonged remote learning and closed schools on children and youth all over the world.

This session aims to encourage journalists to think outside the box when reporting on schools being opened or closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By encouraging journalists to focus on proactive solutions and move towards solutions-based reporting, overall reportage on schools and education during this time can be improved. 

Please note time zones of September 23 event:

9:00AM Washington D.C.; 200PM London; 4:00PM Nairobi; 6:30PM New Delhi

During this webinar featured speakers: Dr. Prabhdeep Kaur, Deputy Director of the National Institute of Epidemiology in India and Dr. N.K.Arora, Chairman of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization and COVID-19 vaccination for children, will take us through a discussion facilitated by Internews Pandemic Media Mentor Dr Jaya Shreedhar,  about the risks and successes of reopening schools in India. Participants from around the world are invited to engage with the speakers and post questions via Twitter with the hashtags #BacktoSchool2021 and #ReimagineEducation

Children going into schools and temperature check
Photo by Allison Shelley for EDUimages

This online event is free.