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Girls study together at school in Senegal.
© UNICEF/Vincent Tremeau

Transforming Education Summit: Halt the crisis, or risk failing an entire generation

Just a few hours before the start of the crucial Transforming Education Summit, UN Children’s Fund UNICEF on Friday, warned that globally, only a third of 10-year-olds are estimated to be able to read and understand a simple written story. This shocking statistic represents a 50 per cent decrease from pre-pandemic estimates.

A mother helps her eight-year-old daughter to take classes on television during the COVID-19 pandemic at home in Man, Côte d'Ivoire.
© UNICEF/Frank Dejongh

UN and partners roll out #LetMeLearn campaign ahead of key education summit

Amid the education crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations is partnering with leading children’s charity Theirworld and others in the sector, to launch the #LetMeLearn campaign, urging world leaders to listen to the voices of young people and put in place the plans and finance required to provide a quality education for every child.