In April a fire fueled by high winds burned through an elementary school on the outskirts of Niger’s capital, Niamey, killing 20 children.
Teachers and parents have said that the deaths highlight the dangers of the temporary classrooms.
“Our hearts are with the children and families affected. Our most sincere condolences to the families of the victims and their communities,” UNICEF’s representative in Niger Stefano Savi said in a statement.
“No child should ever be in danger when learning in school,” he said. “UNICEF will continue to work with the national authorities and partners across the country to ensure that children can attend school and learn in safe environments.”