THIS IS A GLOBAL EDUCATION EMERGENCY
The rapid spread of COVID-19 has forced the world’s schools to shut their doors to over 1.6 billion learners. For the first time in human history, an entire generation has had their education disrupted.
After months stuck at home, many children are heading back to class and being reunited with their friends. But not every child will be so lucky. Children who live in low-income countries, in refugee camps and war-zones may never return to school – especially girls. Our new Save Our Education report reveals nearly 10 million children may never return.
Each day that passes, they grow more vulnerable to hunger, violence, child labour or child marriage. We're facing the biggest global education emergency of our lifetime.
WHY EDUCATION MATTERS
For any child, suddenly being cut off from school, their friends and their normality can be tough. For vulnerable children, it’s devastating. School is a lifeline for so many children. When home isn't safe, school is protection. When you're hungry, school provides food. And when you're living in poverty, school is hope for a better future.
Children with a quality education will grow up to be politicians, nurses, designers, teachers and other crucial roles that make up the fabric of our societies and economies.
With an education, children have a chance to build a better future for us all.
WHAT WE’RE CALLING FOR
As part of our #ProtectAGeneration agenda for action, we’ve launched the Save our Education campaign to ensure:
- All children continue to learn while schools are closed through inclusive distance learning.
- Every child is supported to return to school when it’s safe to do so.
- Governments and donors invest in education now so we can build better education systems for the future.
Together, we must wake the world up to the education emergency. All of our futures depend on it.