Article 24 of the UNCRC states that every child has the right to the best healthcare possible. Immediately and by its very nature, the coronavirus pandemic presents a direct risk to children.
“Physical distance does not mean emotional distance. We are separated by borders, oceans, nations, continents, but we are more connected than ever before.”
One unifying factor in this pandemic is education; the disruption of schools and classrooms has been felt all around the world. Fortunately in the UK, many of us were able to respond with various technologies to help facilitate learning from home during lockdown, such as video call, collaborative documents, and learning apps. And even then, our children and young people’s education suffered.
As coronavirus cases decline and strides are made back towards reopening, as society we are given a choice: return to normal, to life as it was before, or build back better. Return to our previous normality or redefine its definition.
Reimagine our world. By strengthening policies, protecting healthcare and education for all children and young people worldwide, we can create a fairer, safer and better world.
All around the world, we face a common threat that puts the future of a generation at risk – so today, we are asking the UK Government to take action:
- To recognise the impact of coronavirus on children and child rights
- To protect children’s healthcare and education
- To save lives