Generational Catastrophe Looms as COVID-19 Impacts More Than 1.5 Billion Students

In a new policy brief, the UN urges countries to take action to protect children’s education.

Why SANDEF Should Care The United Nations’ Global Goal 4 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all, but the COVID-19 pandemic makes it especially difficult for students in vulnerable situations to continue their education.

The world is experiencing “the largest disruption of education ever” as the COVID-19 pandemic forces schools to be shut down in more than 160 countries, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in a video message on Tuesday. 

The UN, along with various nonprofits, has called for world leaders to urgently invest in educational systems to protect the future potential and well-being of children. Guterres also announced a new global campaign called “Save Our Future” in collaboration with education partners and UN agencies.

“This announcement really helps ring the alarm bell on this issue,” Emma Wagner, Save the Children’s senior education policy and advocacy advisor, said. “We are in such a huge education emergency and we currently don’t think that it’s getting the international and national attention that is needed.”

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