Millions of children out of school in poorest countries due to COVID-19 may never go back
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A Banteay Dek primary school classroom, Cambodia. Credit: GPE/Livia Barton

As countries start to reopen their economies, experts fear millions of students in the world’s poorest nations may never go back to class; and girls will be the most severely affected.

GPE has made US$250 million in emergency funding available for countries to use on education recovery costs during the coronavirus crisis, but as CEO Alice Albright noted, that is not enough to meet the need of countries applying for this accelerated funding.

The fate of millions of children is on the line as a recent Oxfam report warns that the economic crisis sparked by the pandemic could see the worldwide poverty rate increase for the first time since 1990.

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A Banteay Dek primary school classroom, Cambodia. Credit: GPE/Livia Barton

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