Covid-19 Education Blog

GCE Webinar: #DayOfTheGirlChild2020, ‘My Voice. Our Education’

GCE Webinar: #DayOfTheGirlChild2020, ‘My Voice. Our Education’

#DayOfTheGirlChild2020, ‘My Voice. Our Education’ Monday, October 12th 2020, 14:00 SAST (Johannesburg)/ 08:00 EDT (New York)/ 13:00 BST (London) Please register HERE. GCE is hosting an online youth panel 'My Voice. Our Education’ on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child 2020. The panel will bring together a collection of leading female youth education advocates from around the world to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the rights of girls in their community, country and region. The panel, convened by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), will examine issues of school access, violence in and around school ...
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GCE Statement On the Occasion of World Teachers’ Day.

GCE Statement On the Occasion of World Teachers’ Day.

The Global Campaign for Education Statement On the Occasion of World Teachers’ Day. #WTD2020 #WorldTeachersDay2020 On the occasion of World Teacher’s Day, the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) calls on the international community and all state parties to acknowledge the incredible leadership role provided by teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is time to provide the teaching profession with the recognition and means to accomplish their crucial work in providing transformative education; now and in the future. The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging education systems and the teaching profession like never before. According to UNESCO, the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting school ...
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GCE and ECW joint statement On occasion of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly

GCE and ECW joint statement On occasion of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly

On the occasion of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and the Education Cannot Wait Fund (ECW) jointly call on governments and the donor community to COMMIT funding to ECW for the education of those furthest left behind in emergencies and crises. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the world's education systems, causing the closure of schools in more than 160 countries, affecting over 1 billion learners. This impact was felt most dramatically in emergency contexts where education has been disrupted by armed conflicts, forced displacement, climate-change induced ...
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Education during and post COVID-19: The role of civil society

Education during and post COVID-19: The role of civil society

Education during and post COVID-19: The role of civil society The impact of COVID-19 on the right to education is felt worldwide. From 1.5 billion learners out of school in March, nearly 1.1 billion learners in 146 countries are still affected today. As many countries have begun phased processes of reopening schools, it is time for civil society organizations (CSOs) to pause and reflect on what happened. What lessons have we learnt so far? What are the opportunities to positively transform the education sector during and following the COVID-19 pandemic? These are two pertinent and fundamental questions to guide and ...
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An unprecedented crisis

An unprecedented crisis

An unprecedented crisis The school closure, since 18 March 2020, due to COVID-19, has disrupted all forms of education in Bangladesh. The special programme for the migrants, particularly for the Rohingya population, is also disrupted. The government of Bangladesh has involved the stakeholders and developed education in emergency response plan considering the immediate, medium-term, and long-term priorities. One of the largest centralised education systems impacted by the crisis Bangladesh has one of the largest centralised education systems in the world, with 38.6 million students. Of them, 3.6 million in pre-primary; 18 million in the primary; 13 million in secondary and ...
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What does the COVID-19 crisis mean for us? Brazilian youth are speaking out

What does the COVID-19 crisis mean for us? Brazilian youth are speaking out

What does the COVID-19 crisis mean for us? Brazilian youth are speaking out Stories shared by the Brazilian Campaign for the Right to Education. Invest and believe in Public Education! In the year 2020 a virus appeared that shook us on a world scale. In Brazil, the pandemic has spread rapidly. Amid social distances, governmental measures (or lack of them), the different areas that make up our society have been adapting, each in its own way. Non-essential services closed, unemployment slammed at the door of several workers, and the people finally learned the value of health professionals. With a preparation ...
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The GCE and EI condemns GEMS Metropole School stance on education during the COVID-19 pandemic

The GCE and EI condemns GEMS Metropole School stance on education during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and Education International (EI) condemns GEMS Metropole School stance on education during the COVID-19 pandemic The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and Education International (EI) have learnt of the allegations made by over 15,000 parents calling for GEMS Metropole School to provide a 30% discount for the third term, during which students stayed at home 'e-learning' instead of in classrooms. In April, GEMS said it would offer parents a reduction in fees, but only after they handed over details of their financial situation, including their bank statements for the last 3 years. In a ...
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Students of the COVID-19 year

Students of the COVID-19 year

Students of the COVID-19 year It’s a common practice to distinguish the life-cycles of students based on their enrollment in one or other academic year. These year-numbers help us to navigate and plan accordingly. 2020 year though is definitely not defined by its four different numbers but by something from the past year - by COVID-19. And for the whole globe and especially for students this COVID-19 year has various ways of being an exceptionally challenging one. Waking up in a new reality It is not a secret that we all were not ready to function according to the new ...
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Young People expect to be partners to deal with pandemic; not the beneficiaries

Young People expect to be partners to deal with pandemic; not the beneficiaries

Young People expect to be partners to deal with pandemic; not the beneficiaries “Some of my friend gossip near the drinking fountain that they will not come back to school after the lock-down ends. What is the value of education after all, it is the money that matters! I am not sure if I'll be able to study grade 8 after this lock-down situation” says Nani Danuwar, a fourteen-year young girl from the Danuwar Community in Lalitpur district of Nepal. Nani is just a symbol of thousands of young people in Nepal and especially those from the disadvantaged communities who ...
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Voices from Japan: How Children are Living the COVID-19 crisis

Voices from Japan: How Children are Living the COVID-19 crisis

Voices from Japan: How Children are Living the COVID-19 crisis The followings are from the questionnaire results of “Let us hear the voices of children” organized by the Save the Children Japan in March 2020. I really hope the voice of the young people will be bigger and reach the adults " I cannot stand that I cannot go to the game center, karaoke and Disney World, which I have planned to do after my entrance examination to the upper secondary school. Of course, I do understand that we are not allowed to go to crowded places. However, while I ...
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COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean: How the current crisis reveals our inequalities and demands the strengthening of public systems

COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean: How the current crisis reveals our inequalities and demands the strengthening of public systems

COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean: How the current crisis reveals our inequalities and demands the strengthening of public systems The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in education are unprecedented, and there has never been such a massive disruption of classes around the world. Globally (according to UNESCO data from April 28), nearly 1.3 billion students from 186 countries were affected by the closure of schools as a result of the disease, which represents almost 74% of the total number of enrolled students. In Latin America and the Caribbean, at least 40 States suspended face-to-face classes and decreed quarantine ...
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COVID-19: How to ensure continuity of education in Africa?

COVID-19: How to ensure continuity of education in Africa?

COVID-19: How to ensure continuity of education in Africa? The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically hit the world since its outbreak in late 2019 with a lot of infections and death. Africa is no exception. The affected countries are facing enormous difficulties and have put in place measures to contain its spread. Education has been one of the most impacted sectors affected by the COVID-19. A worldwide pandemic with regional impacts According to latest data made available by UNESCO, 1.57 billion learners worldwide (91.4% of the world’s student population) are affected by schools and university closures, due to measures to stop ...
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Solidarity is the Cure; Justice the Vaccine

Solidarity is the Cure; Justice the Vaccine

Solidarity is the Cure; Justice the Vaccine The current crisis took us by surprise. However, it is still our responsibility to take action.  Grounded in reality, we ought to honestly scrutinize the state of affairs in the COVID-19 context, and act accordingly. Reality should inform our analyses and interventions. Otherwise, we will continue spinning in an empty cycle. The ramifications of such a deteriorating and unpredictable crisis are massive, both short-term, and in the long run. The crisis triggered by the new coronavirus is changing the world as we know it. We have an opportunity to alter what “normal” is ...
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COVID-19 and adult education

COVID-19 and adult education

COVID-19 and adult education COVID-19 has led to a health crisis with a tremendous impact on all components of education. According to UNESCO, school closures affect more than 90% of the world's student population. Statistics on the impact of COVID-19 on education focus solely on the education of children and youth not considering adult education, which is also being interrupted. SDG4 aims to ensure equal access to quality education for all and to promote lifelong learning opportunities, but the COVID-19 crisis confirms once again that adult education is not a priority for most countries. Effects of COVID-19 on Adult Education ...
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Leave no-one behind, including children with disabilities, throughout the COVID 19 pandemic

Leave no-one behind, including children with disabilities, throughout the COVID 19 pandemic

Leave no-one behind, including children with disabilities, throughout the COVID 19 pandemic The unprecedented impact of the COVID -19 pandemic across the world is well documented, including its negative effect on education systems, learners, and communities. But marginalized groups, such as children with disabilities are particularly vulnerable if there are prolonged school closures, and when schools reopen. Dishita is a 10-year-old girl and lives in Nepal. Because she has Autism, she relies very heavily on routines, and she finds it hard to understand why she has to stay at home all the time now. This change to her educational routine ...
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Displaced people’s right to education must not be left behind

Displaced people’s right to education must not be left behind

Displaced people’s right to education must not be left behind War and displacement repeatedly torn apart people’s right to education. Overnight, families who are forced to leave their communities find their children and youth out of school. Depending on whether they cross a national border, the label of student is suddenly replaced by the label of internally displaced people or refugee. The very ‘lucky’ ones are able to go back to school within weeks or months. For millions of people living in protracted displacement in countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Somalia, and Ethiopia, however, this ...
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