If we do not act now, the young may face a tsunami of looming poverty

(CU)_ The United Kingdome and Kenya co-hosted the two-day Global Education Summit on 28 and 29 July, with the aim of raising funds to finance up to 90 countries and territories across the globe, which are home to more than 80 percent of the world’s children who are out of school. The event, which took place amid the COVID-19 pandemic, brought together global leaders, development banks, businesses and private foundations, which pledged a record US$4 billion for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), a multi-stakeholder partnership and funding platform that is committed to ending the world’s learning crisis. 

In 2020, the global health crisis abruptly ended decades of slow but steady progress in educating more children around the world, when schools were forced to shut down in most countries. Many of these closures happened without a good response plan or sufficient investment in public education. This resulted in serious gaps in the delivery of remote learning by governments during the pandemic.

Nevertheless, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, pointed out that even…

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