COVID-19 | Response to crisis

1 January 2020

As the global lead on Education, Culture, Sciences (Natural and Human Sciences) and Communication and Information, UNESCO has put in place number of programs to support direct response to COVID-19 crisis.

Because of the physical distancing measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, schools and educational institutions are closed. Hence, Education, is the most disrupted public service impacting millions of students, teachers and parents on day-to-day basis. As Teachers are required to quickly adapt to the distance teaching mode, UNESCO has prepared the number of tools and resources.

In the social sciences and humanities, bioethics helps build trust between science and people, in particular between medical workers and patients.
As a part of UNESCO's global programme on empowerment of young people and development of their transversal skills, a series of webinars is planned to improve the knowledge of young people.
While people are isolated and spend all their time at home, it is important to pay the special attention to physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.

Natural sciences unite the scientific community.

Culture helps to mitigate social exclusion, enrich leisure time for personal development and creativity expression. It gives an opportunities in visiting online museums, undertake virtual tours, and look through multimedia galleries, as well as pass through craft and music master classes.

Communication and information empowering citizens and create trust by share knowledge together, through quality reporting on disease. Media and information literacy (MIL) helps to understand facts regarding the disease, counter disinformation and conspiracy. Hack4Healht collective digital creativity and cooperation is mobilized by deployable solutions digital prototypes in response to disease are prepared by young developer innovators.

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