UK school, UNICEF and WHO host ‘global classroom’ on Covid-19

UK school, UNICEF and WHO host ‘global classroom’ on Covid-19
Children worldwide attended the Microsoft Teams meeting to ask questions about coronavirus

Elly Yates-Roberts |

Scarisbrick Hall School in the UK teamed up with UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) to host an online ‘global classroom’ on 5 May to help young people around the world learn more about Covid-19. 

The event, which was broadcast live over Microsoft Teams, saw schoolchildren from 193 countries invited to ask questions about the virus and pandemic. 

Humanitarian Michael Hastings hosted the event and was joined by Tedros Adhanom, director general of the WHO, Henrietta Fore, executive director of UNICEF, and Samuel Eto’o, global ambassador for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, to answer the children’s questions. 

One of the attendees asked Adhanom how he could make a difference in fighting the pandemic. 

“There is a lot you can do for your own health and your family’s health,” said Adhanom. “Keep yourself safe and you can protect others. You can clean your hands well, cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze, avoid touching your face, keep at least one metre away from others, know what the symptoms of coronavirus are. If you feel sick, tell your parents. Try to remain active physically and mentally. Try to stay up to date on information. Eat well and keep a daily routine.” 

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