education

Interview: As millions fall behind, how can we bridge the growing education gap?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on education, laying bare a crisis that was already causing widespread concern well before the spread of the virus. Robert Jenkins, the Director of Education at the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, is calling for a transformation in learning, amid warnings that the current system is failing millions of people.

COVID-19: Students face $17 trillion loss in lifetime earnings

School closures during the COVID-19 pandemic could result in a staggering $17 trillion in lost lifetime earnings for today’s students, according to a UN-backed report issued on Monday. 

Violence in Cameroon, impacting over 700,000 children shut out of school 

Over 700,000 children have been impacted by school closures due to often brutal violence in Cameroon, according to an analysis released by the UN humanitarian arm, OCHA, on Thursday. 

New UNESCO education report calls for ‘new social contract’ 

Imagining a new future for education by 2050, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is asking three questions: What should be continued? What should be abandoned? And what needs to be creatively invented afresh?  

Security Council adopts ‘first of its kind’ resolution on protecting classrooms from conflict

Acting unanimously on Friday, the Security Council adopted a unique resolution strongly condemning attacks against schools, children and teachers and urging conflict parties to immediately safeguard the right to education.

Critical gaps in refugee education, only 34 per cent attend secondary school: UNHCR

Two-thirds of refugee children might never get to secondary school, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) warned on Tuesday, as it called for an international effort to confront “critically low” levels of school and university enrolment.

COVID-19: Education replaced by shuttered schools, violence, teenage pregnancy

A culture of “safety, friends and food” at school has been replaced by “anxiety, violence, and teenage pregnancy”, with remote learning out of reach for millions, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Tuesday.

UN chief: Deadly school shooting in Russia an ‘act of senseless violence’

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the deadly shooting at a school in the Russian city of Kazan on Tuesday, which claimed the lives of two adults and seven children. 

100 million more children fail basic reading skills because of COVID-19

A new study released on Friday by the UN cultural agency, reveals that more than 100 million more children than expected, are falling behind the minimum proficiency level in reading, due to COVID-related school closures.  

UN NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Exceptional teacher inspires students and fights scourge of child marriage

Indian primary school teacher Ranjitsinh Disale, winner of the UN-backed 2020 Global Teacher Prize, says that he is driven by empowering students, particularly girls, so they can “unleash their potential” and have the confidence to achieve their aspirations.