Education inequalities

Education and Covid-19

Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights outlines education as a basic human right for all individuals. Education was also adopted as one of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as goal number 4 aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” by 2030.

However, there are many inequalities in access to education faced by many children. Today, 258 million children and youth still do not attend school; 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math; less than 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school and some four million children and youth refugees are out of school.

Without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in achieving gender equality and breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth and adults behind.

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has also unfortunately interrupted the education of most children across the world. Many schools and universities were forced into closure due to global lockdowns, resulting in the disruption of 1.6 billion students worldwide.

Learning losses also threaten to extend beyond this generation and erase decades of progress, not least in support of girls and young women’s educational access and retention.

This year, UNESCO have launched their “Learning Planet Festival” to celebrate education, within all levels and contexts and share innovation in education- something that has proven a necessity within how education and its delivery has adapted and evolved throughout the COVID pandemic.

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