Pirkka Tapiola is European Union ambassador to Thailand. Karin Hulshof is regional director for UNICEF East Asia and Pacific.
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is time to rethink policies that are keeping millions of children out of school and hindering their learning process. School closures since the outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020 have resulted in an unprecedented and sudden disruption of children's education around the world. Across East Asia and Pacific, such closures have affected over 325 million children.