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How kids in Sierra Leone kept learning while schools were shut down during Ebola outbreak

Second-graders pass time unsupervised in a classroom after their teacher no-showed for a third day, at the C.D.B. King Elementary School in Monrovia, Liberia, Feb. 18, 2015. Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

Schools have just started reopening in Sierra Leone, months after they were forced to shut down due to the Ebola outbreak that plagued the country most of last year. As students began returning to classrooms there, news of an interesting initiative has come to light. During the height of the Ebola outbreak, Plan USA helped children study by radio so they could continue their lessons while schools were shut down. The emergency radio teaching program was developed by in partnership with UNICEF, among others in Sierra Leone. It has proven especially important for young pregnant girls who are not be able to attend school. Teachers delivered home lessons through 41 radio stations to highly diversified audiences across a broad geographical reach.

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