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Lagos, Nigeria — Beyond the Classroom, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, has engaged with 6,000 children in Nigeria on COVID-19 safety protocols.

The community engagement is part of the Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Public Awareness Campaign, aimed at delivering accurate, timely, and life-saving information on COVID-19 across African countries and communities.  The initiative in Nigeria was rolled out in eleven public and private schools in Lagos and Nassarawa states.

Each child received a free COVID-19 safety pack, containing the educational book ,”There is a new virus in town” written by Raquel Daniel, founder of Beyond the Classroom , and produced in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation.

Raquel explained how the students were educated on the need to wash their hands regularly with soap or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. They were also advised to always wear nose masks in the correct way while in public and to maintain a social distance of at least 1 meter. The students were encouraged to motivate their parents and guardians to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to Nigeria Country Head, at the Mastercard Foundation, Chidinma Lawanson, this community engagement is the second phase of the Mastercard Foundation’s COVID-19 Public Awareness Campaign aimed at educating children aged 7 to 14 years old on COVID-19 preventive measures. She explained that 3,000 children were initially engaged in the first phase of the project last year with a key message to “Protect yourself, Protect your family, and Protect your community” #ItsUpToUs” .