4 opportunities for business to help children overcome today’s challenges

Emira Dialo, a 15 years old girl at her school in San Pedro, in the South West of Côte d'Ivoire. Emira says: "I am very happy to be back at school today. I missed my friends and I was bored at home. Fortunately, we can still take exams after all, and we don't have to retake the school year. I did the one line school program but it's not the same. At school I learn better. My dream is to become a doctor pharmacist."Due to COVID-19, the schools were closed for several weeks. Today classes started, with the necessary measures. Children wear masks, wash their hands regularly and keep a social distance.For every child, education.

Emira Dialo, a 15 years old girl at her school in San Pedro, in the South West of Côte d'Ivoire. Image: UNICEF / Frank Dejo

Henrietta H. Fore
Director Emeritus, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP)
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1.3 billion children live in countries at high risk from disasters linked to climate change, making school closures and learning loss the new norm unless urgent action is taken. These same countries are already in a learning crisis with 60% of children unable to read a simple text by age 10, according to UNICEF's new report Image: UNICEF

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