Approximately 9.7 million children worldwide may never return to school after the coronavirus pandemic in an “unprecedented education emergency,” British charity Save the Children said Monday.
As governments shift spending towards the health and economic response to the pandemic, it could force some 100 million children into poverty, the organization ‘Save our Education’ said in a new report.
“Around 10 million children may never return to school — this is an unprecedented education emergency and governments must urgently invest in learning,” Save the Children chief executive Inger Ashing said.
Save the Children added, “for the first time in human history, an entire generation of children globally have had their education disrupted.”
“If we allow this education crisis to unfold, the impact on children’s futures will be long lasting,” Ashing said.
He continued, “we know the poorest, most marginalized children who were already the furthest behind have suffered the greatest loss, with no access to distance learning — or any kind of education — for half an academic year.”
Save the Children is an organization believing that every child has the same rights.
“Over the last 100 years, we have helped to ensure that the world’s most vulnerable children survive, learn and are protected. Every year, we reach tens of millions of children in over 117 countries through our work.”