How are we keeping track?
To measure the scale of this global learning crisis, the ONE Campaign, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), and Save the Children have launched the Lost Potential Tracker.
This interactive tool combines World Bank and UNESCO data on learning poverty with UN Population estimates to track, in real time, the increasing number of children who are unable to read and understand a simple sentence by age 10 since 2015.
The tracker also encourages users to step into the shoes of a policymaker and experience first-hand how effective financing can help turn the tide for children. But behind every number on the tracker is a child.
The Lost Potential Tracker also includes personal stories of children, like Esther, who are affected by the crisis.
The impact of effective, targeted financing
Effective financing with a focus on those most at risk is one way out. In low-income countries, where 90% of 10-year-olds fail to acquire basic literacy skills even before COVID-19 hit, US$1 billion toward education financing can set over 8.6 million children on the path to acquiring these skills.
What’s more, the impact of that US$1 billion goes much beyond the impact on individuals - it can transform societies. Every dollar invested effectively in education for low-income countries could yield US$4.8 in economic growth, generating tax revenues and lifting people out of extreme poverty.