The Global Partnership for Education sees quality equitable education as a catalyst of global progress on all the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015.
As we find our way through the disastrous consequences of the coronavirus, GPE is redoubling efforts to help partner countries protect and sustain their education systems and ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable children are prioritized in response and recovery efforts. Our Education Out Loud fund can play a critical role in supporting civil society’s vital efforts in this work.
The spread and impact of COVID-19 is unprecedented. This public health emergency will likely result in a global economic crisis – both of which will hit the poorest and most marginalized communities the hardest. These twin crises expose the widening inequality around the world and threaten to exacerbate the gap between rich and poor, sending us back decades in our progress towards a more equal world.
In the short term, the widespread closure of schools – now affecting 91% of the world’s student population – cuts children off from the vital services and protection that schools provide. The most vulnerable children from the poorest families will be most likely to have their health, nutrition and wellbeing impacted, their learning stopped, and their safety at risk because their school has closed.