Schoolchildren worldwide have lost 1.8 trillion hours and counting of in-person learning due to COVID-19 lockdowns, says UNICEF

Urging governments to reopen schools as soon as possible, UNICEF unveils No Time to Lose – a clock counting hours of lost learning – as the UN General Assembly gets underway in NY



Around 2 in 3 children are still out of the classroom in Latin America and the Caribbean

UNICEF urges countries in the region to scale up the return to in-person learning

Laura, 6, sits in a classroom on her first day back to in-person classes since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the municipality of Serrinha, in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.


Schools still closed for nearly 77 million students 18 months into pandemic

UNICEF and partners’ digital channels to close down for 18 hours to mark 18 months of school closures and send one message to the world: Reopen schools as soon as possible

Ágata Melo, 8, does school activities at her home in Vigia, in the northern Brazilian state of Pará, in the Amazon region.


Indonesia: After 18 months of school closures, children must safely resume face-to-face learning as soon as possible – UNICEF/WHO

Students and teachers will need a full range of support to help catch up on lost learning

urhikmah, 12, attends class at SDN (elementary school) 01 Setu in East Jakarta, Indonesia, on 6 September 2021. Nurhikmah was learning from home for almost a year and a half due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She recently returned to her school for limited face-to-face learning a week ago.


UNESCO and WHO urge countries to make every school a health-promoting school

UNESCO and the World Health Organization on 22nd Jun. 2021 launched the Global Standards for Health-promoting Schools, a resource package for schools to improve the health and well-being of 1.9 billion school-aged children and adolescents. The closure of many schools around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe disruptions to education. An estimated 365 million primary school students have gone without school meals and significantly increased rates of stress, anxiety and other mental health issues have been observed.


UNESCO Forum Living Together on Earth: taking action to support biodiversity, 27 May

UNESCO will host an online forum, Living together on Earth, on 27 May (3.30 to 5.30 pm, Central European Time, 1.30 to 3.30 pm UTC) with a wide range of speakers who will explain how anyone can take action in favour of biological diversity and discuss their relationship with the living world on the basis of their own experiences.


New Grant to Improve Primary, Secondary Education in Afghanistan, Especially for Girls

The World Bank approved the allocation of an additional $25 million in financing from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to increase equitable access to primary and secondary education in Afghanistan, particularly for girls, on April 1. The new grant for the EQRA project will help build 100 additional schools, further improve learning and access to education for girls, support teachers’ training, and promote community-based education.


New global tracker to measure pandemic’s impact on education worldwide

Tracker a collaborative effort of Johns Hopkins University, the World Bank, and UNICEF

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted education for 1.6 billion children worldwide over the past year. To help measure the ongoing global response, Johns Hopkins University, the World Bank, and UNICEF have partnered to create a COVID-19 – Global Education Recovery Tracker.


114 million children still out of the classroom in Latin America and the Caribbean

The world’s largest number of children without face-to-face schooling

Total and partial school closures in Latin America and the Caribbean currently leave about 114 million students without face-to-face schooling according to UNICEF’s latest estimates.


International Day of Education 2021 Conscience-driven Education and Tax Justice

Prof. Massimo Introvigne, an Italian sociologist of religion and the founder and managing director of the Center for Studies on New Religions, shared that the Tai Ji Men case is one of his research projects.