Biden and Johnson must ensure education does not lose out to Covid-19 and climate change

SourceThe Telegraph
CountryMiddle east

This week, Foreign and Development Ministers from G7 countries will meet in London, where they will sit down to help shape the post pandemic world.

It will be an important moment, and their attention will turn towards dealing with Covid-19, preventing future pandemics, and taking meaningful action on climate change. But there is another, silent, emergency that they must also address – the global learning crisis. 

The pandemic has highlighted our shared vulnerability to global crises, and how an emergency in one country has consequences across the world. Education is no different.

The lost learning for millions of children is leaving lasting damage which will only get worse without urgent action.

Estimates show that, partly due to the impact of Covid-19, over 70 million children will not acquire basic literacy skills by their 10th birthday (a critical milestone at which children transition from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’) in 2021 alone.

Every second this number goes up, shocking data that can be seen more...