On the first International Day to Protect Education from Attack, UN urges Nigeria to prioritise school safety, learners’ protection – Nigeria

ABUJA, 9 September 2020 – The United Nations in Nigeria today said safeguarding education from attack is urgently needed to restore confidence in schools as places of protection for children and teachers. This is particularly pressing in light of COVID-19, which affected 46 million primary and secondary learners across Nigeria due to pandemic-related school closures. “As State Governments plan to reopen schools after prolonged closures, building a resilient education system to withstand future shocks should be included in pandemic response plans,” said the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr Edward Kallon.

He noted that prioritising safety in schools for educators and learners is an indication of the Government’s commitment to protecting investments in the education sector and a validation of Nigeria’s endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration.

While the world marks the first-ever International Day to Protect Education from Attack under the theme “Protect Education, Save a Generation” more than

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Pound depressed ahead of UK chancellor unveiling jobs protection plan



a man wearing a suit and tie walking down the street: Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak walks across Downing Street to a cabinet meeting in London, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)


Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak walks across Downing Street to a cabinet meeting in London, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

The pound sank against the US dollar (GBPUSD=X), continuing a negative trend early on Thursday, ahead of the UK chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiling his plan to protect jobs this winter.

Sterling against the US dollar was mildly down, after tumbling to a near-two month low the previous day, as the UK implemented new measures to try and stop the spread of coronavirus.



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On Wednesday afternoon, Sunak tweeted that he would update parliament with the cabinet’s plans to protect jobs in the last few months of the year.

He said: “As our response to coronavirus adapts, tomorrow afternoon I will update the House of Commons on our plans to continue protecting jobs through the winter.”

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G20 Holds Onto Protection of Jobs

The G20 Labor and Employment Ministers have stressed the importance of protecting jobs and acknowledged the value of technology and a human-centered approach including by using Behavioral Insights in employment policymaking.

The Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, Eng. Ahmed Al Rajhi, said during the virtual meeting held by the ministers that “the COVID-19 crisis has created renewed impetus to safeguard labor markets and adopt social protection policies that secure people during and after crisis.”

“We are working with G20 countries to realize sustainable labor market recovery,” he told the meeting held under the G20 Saudi Presidency.

“This year, COVID-19 has brought an unprecedented global challenge with significant human costs. Fighting and overcoming the pandemic remains our highest and overriding priority,” said the ministers in their closing statement.

“We recognize the importance of protecting and promoting decent jobs for all, especially for women and youth, within our domestic

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