The rapid spread of coronavirus 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.
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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.
With an education, children have a chance to build a better future for us all.
"Including this time, I've been out-of-school three times in my lifetime. I hope this disease disappears and then the school reopens and we can learn again."
Children like 13-year-old Ahmad from North East Syria are anxious to get back to school. But as world leaders focus on the health of their citizens and economies during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are neglecting a generation’s education.
Together, we must wake the world up to the education emergency. All of our futures depend on it.