Almost 10 million children may never return to school following Covid-10 lockdown

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New report from Save the Children warns of ‘unprecedented global education emergency’.

  • World is facing a hidden education emergency.
  • COVID-19 leaves estimated $77 billion gap in education spending for world’s poorest children.
  • Children in 12 countries are at extremely high risk of dropping out of school forever.
  • In another 28 countries children are at moderate or high risk of not going back to school.
  • Girls are at increased exposure to gender-based violence and risk of child marriage and teen pregnancy during school closures.
  • Save the Children calls for increased funding of education, including conversion of debt liabilities into investment in children.

Deep budget cuts to education and rising poverty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could force at least 9.7 million children out of school forever by the end of this year, with millions more falling behind in learning, Save the Children warns in a new report launched today.

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