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Friday, July 30, 2021

Urgent Action Required To Curb Learning Disruption

Since its outbreak in late December 2019, COVID-19 has wreaked havoc across the world, and like any critical sector, education has been hit hard. Students, schools, colleges, and universities have been deeply impacted. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), over 800 million learners from around the world have been affected, 1 in 5 learners cannot attend school, 1 in 4 cannot attend higher education classes, and over 102 countries have ordered nationwide school closures while 11 have implemented localized school closure.

Globally, over 200,000 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in more than 160 countries, which have resulted in more than 8,000 deaths and left several States dealing with severe outbreaks. The COVID-19 pandemic will adversely impact the progress some governments were making around increasing the education budget. Therefore, this is a crisis that requires urgent attention and collective action by all Governments, stakeholders, and communities.

  • To prioritize education in the first phase of all emergency responses with immediate effect, and to Include education in their COVID-19 response policies.
  • To dedicate appropriate resources, financial and technical, to ensure the right to free, quality public education for all is maintained during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • To increase funding and support to education in crises to a minimum of 4.2% of emergency assistance in line with its needs.
  • To minimize the pressure on teachers, schools, and school systems that remain open or volunteer to offer extra support.

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