The Global Campaign for Education is launching a new campaign called One Billion Voices on January 25th, on the occasion of the International Day of Education. The COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting the education of more than one billion people.
It is also worsening the existing global education financing crisis thereby impacting the progress of the entire Sustainable Development Agenda and specifically Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4). Furthermore, the World Bank projects a potential 10% cut in education budgets due to the pandemic.
The One Billion Voices campaign aims to secure an increase in public financing for education to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all by elevating the voices from the billion learners who have been affected by the COVID pandemic and sharing their experiences and call for urgent action.
Education as a priority agenda
We believe these voices, raised together for education, can have the power to stop the reversal to education progress we are seeing today. These voices can help put education back as a priority agenda for governments around the world. That is why we are launching the campaign and asking everyone to share their voice: to show the world that education cannot and must not be overlooked.