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Iceland donates Shs 1.1b towards gov’t aided schools in Uganda

Iceland has donated Shs 1.1b (USD 300,000) to UNICEF to provide critical hand-washing facilities and supplies to 600 government-aided primary and secondary schools across Uganda to control the transmission of COVID-19.

Dr. Munir Safieldin, UNICEF Representative said with this contribution, schools will also receive child-friendly posters reminding children about the importance of personal hygiene and hand washing with soap and clean water.

“Iceland’s donation is coming at a very important moment, when schools are still in their first term, and students, teachers, and administrators are all adjusting to this new normal,” she said

Iceland’s generosity will ensure that safe and continued learning will be available to children throughout this country, especially children who are marginalized and hardest hit by the pandemic.

As UNICEF’s Executive Director has said, COVID-19 has been the most significant global crisis for children in the past 100 years. The pandemic has rolled back virtually every measure of progress for children across the world. It exposed a lot of work that still needs to be done.

“At the same time, it has also shown us how interconnected we are, and how much we need each other to move forward. I see contributions like Iceland’s as recognition of that solidarity. During this fraught global moment, we need to remind ourselves not only of the challenges, but what we can achieve together.”

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