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A week after the passage of the Matthew hurricane in Haiti and while schools are reopening across the country, more than 100,000 children can not attend class because their school was damaged or converted to temporary shelter, warned Tuesday the United Nations Children's Fund.

"At least 100,000 children today will not experience the joy, security and stimulation of being in a classroom can provide," said deputy UNICEF Representative in Haiti, Jean Metenier.

"We need to allow them to resume school as soon as possible. The Matthew hurricane destroyed their schools, their homes and their textbooks. Do not take away their sense of hope, "he added.

According to preliminary national estimates, at least 300 public schools have been partially or completely destroyed in the country and many more are used to house displaced families. Schools in South and Grand'Anse departments will remain closed for at least another week.

UNICEF said it was working with its partners to help set up temporary learning spaces and provide school supplies.

According to the UN agency, the priorities are: renovate damaged schools; provide students and teachers with school supplies, school furniture and appropriate teaching materials; and provide children with psychosocial support.