UNICEF ‘Pandemic Classroom’ at United Nations Headquarters
2 Mar 2021 - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres toured the UNICEF installation to draw attention to the ongoing tragedy of school closures due to COVID-19 lockdowns. Schools for more than 168 million children globally have been completely closed for almost an entire year due to lockdowns, according to new data released today by UNICEF. ‘Pandemic Classroom’ is made up of 168 empty desks, with each desk representing one million children living in countries where schools have been almost entirely closed. According to UNICEF, children unable to access in-person schooling fall further and further behind, with the most marginalized paying the heaviest price. UNICEF unveiled its installation Tuesday 3 March 2021 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to call attention to the need for governments to prioritize the reopening of schools.