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How to address biggest disruption to education globally

POSTED August 4, 2020

How to address biggest disruption to education globally

Global chief releases recommendations for getting back on track with education following COVID-19 pandemic

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Education systems are facing the biggest disruption in history with nearly 1.6-billion students in more than 190 countries impacted by the COVID-19 closures and shutdowns.

“We must take bold steps now, to create inclusive, resilient, quality education systems fit the future,” says António Guterres, secretary-general for the United Nations. “We face a generational catastrophe that could waste untold human potential, undermine decades of progress, and exacerbate entrenched inequalities.”

Guterres has issued a policy brief with recommendations to support the return to school:

  • plan well for school re-openings
  • protect education financing and coordinate for impact
  • build a resilient education system for equitable and sustainable development
  • reimagine education and accelerate change in teaching and learning

Children Believe is working to protect children from abuse, exploitation and child labour, so they’re safe, free and able to return to their schools when they reopen.

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