The head of Tuvalu’s delegation to this week’s UN Child Rights Committee session in Apia says climate change poses huge challenges in delivering services to young people in the country. Tuvalu’s Acting Director of Education, Kaai Fanoiga, said children’s rights were currently threatened by climate change.

As a coral atoll nation, rising temperatures and sea levels poses a serious threat to children in Tuvalu. Hurricanes and cyclones have adversely affected the school calendar year for 2020. Ms Fanoiga said the storms reduced contact hours between teachers and students, impacting their education while isolated outer islands were often neglected of resources due to weather and transport issues.

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