The Secretariat of the All-Africa Students Union (AASU) has appealed to the government’s and all relevant stakeholders to make educational institutions a safe place for students in these difficult times amid the coronavirus outbreak on the continent.
All-Africa Students Union (AASU) in a statement said the government and stakeholders should put in place emergency response centres to limit the spread of the virus and provide emergency testing equipment and medical care.
We strongly advise students not to withhold any trips, they should only travel when is absolutely necessary, Should you show any symptoms suspected to be COVID-19 kindly call the nearest health facility before you show up in person,â it said.
It recommended that easy actions like regular handwashing with soap under running water, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer and ignoring handshakes and physical contact, could save many lives.
According to AASU, it was in the course of setting up situation rooms throughout the continent to provide immediate and on-time updates to its constituents, put together a studentsâ volunteer corps programme to support national governmentsâ efforts in curbing the COVID-19 and raise funds to complement African Countriesâ efforts at fighting this global pandemic.
AASU assured all members, that the All-Africa Students Union would keep working with its national studentsâ unions, governments, and global partner organizations, to limit and fight the COVID-19.
It said moral lessons learned from the pandemic included; the fact that there was nothing like someoneâs problem, and that what was always imagined as someoneâs problem ended up becoming everyoneâs problem as well.