According to a recent study by Save Our Education, 9.7 million children will find that their education is affected by the novel corona virus. The NGO called it an “unprecedented educational emergency” on Monday.
The study found that the poorest and most marginalized children are at risk – especially because they lose learning and do not return to class.
The NGO cited UNESCO data, which shows that around 1.6 billion young people, i. H. 91 percent of the world’s student population, could not attend schools and universities.
“This emergency is adding to an existing learning crisis. UNESCO’s recent projections of Goal 4 for Sustainable Development (SDG4) – quality education for every last child – are terrible: they predict almost no progress in reducing the number of children leaving school by 2030. This corresponds to millions of children not going to school and not learning. And a generation of children had worse chances of life, ”says their report.
At the same time, the charity warned that the crisis could leave a lack of $ 77 billion in education budgets in low and middle income countries by the end of 2021.
It was found that before Covid-19, 258 million children had left school, including 130 million girls. And even when children were at school, many didn’t learn.
53 percent of 10-year-olds in low- and middle-income countries cannot read well. In low-income countries, this number increases to 80 percent.
The UK charity further said that schools not only provide children with a space to study, but are also a safe place for them to get meals, access to health care, including psychiatric services, and to play with their friends.
“Teachers can be pioneers and protectors of children. But with school closings, children miss those essential things that the school environment can offer,” he added in his report.