Schools have reopened across Sierra Leone nine months after they were shut down because of the Ebola outbreak.
The government said it hopes that the studying time lost by the country’s 1.8 million children can still be made up for.
The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, says that the reopening of Sierra Leone’s schools marks “a major step in the normalization of life.”
New cases of Ebola continue to be reported in Sierra Leone but numbers are declining.
To allay fears and ensure that there are no new Ebola cases, the first day at school will be spent on Ebola education and going through basic hygiene rules.
UNICEF has trained 9,000 teachers in Ebola prevention and is also supplying hand-washing facilities to every school.