Unicef Norway is concerned that more and more Norwegian municipalities are now closing schools and switching to digital teaching in the run-up to Christmas.
Several municipalities are now closing their schools and switching to digital teaching. On Wednesday, it became known that Oslo Municipality, among others, will close its schools from Friday, while Bærum will do the same from Thursday.
The decisions worry Unicef Norway.
“We are in doubt whether the closure of schools is a proportionate intervention when we have experiences from both 2020 and 2021 which show that children lost very important contact points for their social lives and not least access to safe adults,” director of children’s rights and sustainability at Unicef Norway, Kristin Oudmayer, stated.
She warned that closed schools could make Christmas holidays extra long for those who already dread spending more time at home due to violence, abuse, or other bad things.
“Now it is important that adults check up on those who have it extra tough and that all low-threshold offers are kept open and strengthened at Christmas,” Oudmayer said.
She asked the municipalities that have not closed their schools not to make hasty decisions.
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