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Campaign for education sees still unsafe scenario for back to school

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São Paulo – The return to face-to-face classes is essential and urgent. “But it cannot go beyond the guarantee of conditions for a safe return”, in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic. This is the main point of the Covid-19 Guide Guide. The material was prepared by the National Campaign for the Right to Education, in partnership with other organizations. And it brings 70 recommendations for resuming face-to-face activities in schools across Brazil, with activities suspended since the first half of last year. The campaign understands that back to school is essential to ensure the education, protection and mental health of children and adolescents. But he explains: in the current scenario, it compromises the right to health of the whole society.

“This guarantee – of security for the return to school in the midst of the pandemic of covid-19 – involves the control of the pandemic, the participatory and democratic elaboration of diagnoses and return protocols, the financing and investment in infrastructure that ensures material conditions of security in schools, and transparency in policies and in the provision of data not only for the construction of the reopening, but also for monitoring the progress of works and cases of contamination ”, defends the Campaign. The reality, however, is far from that.


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“When activities ended in March 2020, there was an expectation of a quick return. Soon it will be a year that the majority of schools across the country still do not carry out face-to-face activities. The pandemic does not just mean stopping school activities, but the grief of many families and the difficulties they are facing in the face of the scenario presented above. In view of this, the efforts of the different governmental spheres were not sufficient to ensure that schools were minimally equipped to promote the return to classes ”, assess the organizations.

Brazil has recorded more than a thousand deaths by covid-19 per day, on average, for more than two weeks. Only on Thursday (4) were 1,232, according to the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass). There are almost 50 thousand confirmed cases per day, on a weekly average. In São Paulo, which has the largest public school system in the country, there are 219 deaths per day, with more than 11,000 new cases registered daily.

In addition, the first mandatory back-to-school planning activities in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, carried out in São Paulo, for teachers, already point out a number of problems in the back to school amid the covid-19 pandemic: 70% expired gel alcohol, schools still under renovation a few days from the resumption of activities, teachers spending hours in poorly ventilated rooms and with stuck windows.

Since July last year, several attempts to reopen schools have resulted in small outbreaks, as in the case of Manaus, capital of Amazonas. Or they ended up being restricted to some extracurricular activities, with very few students, as in São Paulo.

Limited system

The remote education system also had many limitations, due to the lack of access of millions of families to the internet or even to the low level of the signal that most have. Based on data from the National Continuous Household Sample Survey (PnadC), the Campaign for the Right to Education estimates that around 5.5 million children and adolescents were denied their right to education in 2020.

The campaign calls for a national articulation in which sanitary guidelines and effective structuring actions for schools are established, always listening and adapting to the community where the school is located. In addition, it advocates that teachers be included in the vaccination priority lists and that an effective plan be drawn up to ensure access to remote education for students who were unable to attend classes by this means. And that, probably, they will still need to use this resource, since online education and the rotation of students should be a reality in 2021.

Structuring is one of the most sensitive issues, since, according to data from the 2019 School Census, 4.6% of schools in the municipal network and 5.2% of the state network do not have bathrooms; 11.2% of secondary schools do not have a water network, being the least common resource in the North of the country. In addition, 39% of schools in Brazil do not have basic hand washing facilities. Even in the capital city of São Paulo, the richest city in the country, a report by the Court of Auditors of the Municipality (TCM) shows that, in 2019, there was a lack of toilet paper, soap, toilet tops and other items in most municipal schools.

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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation

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São Paulo – The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, informed on social media that he tested positive for covid-19, after showing symptoms of the disease. He said he is in isolation and has warned people with whom he has had contact in the past 48 hours. And he also reported that he had 37.3ºC of fever, in addition to feeling a slight headache.

The announcement was made this Saturday (3), the day after Fernández turned 62. “For everyone’s information, I am physically well and, although I wanted to end my birthday without this news, I am also in a good mood,” said the president.

He received the first dose of the vaccine (Sputnik) in January. The second, the following month. “I’m fine, I don’t have any symptoms. Only this fever from yesterday that I reported ”, he declared to the newspaper Clarín. “It is a very complicated virus, and the demonstration is that I got infected, even though I was vaccinated with both doses and with extreme care,” he added.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who received the second dose of the vaccine today, sent a message of support to “Daqui do Brasil I send good energy, hoping for its prompt recovery. May soon overcome this disease to continue caring for the Argentine people. Hugs, mate! ”He wrote.

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