Trained as a paediatric nurse, and now a father himself, Dennis knows all too well the effects this pandemic is having on children’s development. Dennis says before the lockdown, his daughter had no problems socialising with others.
“But now if she doesn't know you, she can barely talk to you, she will not answer back, she will just stare,” says Dennis.
“In the learnings, you can see that it's not as great as face-to-face, you can see the delays on the development of children because it's online. It's damaging their development.”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, UNICEF has been supporting children around the world with access to education and is vaccinating teachers to help children get back to the classroom safely.
Across the East Asia and Pacific region, UNICEF has supported more than 130,000 schools to implement safe school protocols and 31 million children with access to education.