COVID-19: Education risks becoming ‘greatest divider’

Now entering its third year, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to hold back some 405 million school children worlwide from a full return to the classroom, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).


Colombia Will Receive US$ 750 Million for Equitable, Green Growth and US$ 80 Million to Strengthen Education

Promoting Colombia’s equitable, sustainable economic recovery and supporting government efforts to improve learning in the education sector are the main objectives of two loans approved today by the World Bank's Board of Directors.


Protect linguistic diversity on International Mother Language Day

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Students and participants of the Miyotl Learn an Indigenous Language project interact with the Miyotl application at the Universidad Autónoma Chapingo headquarters on February 9, 2021.


COVID:19 Scale of education loss ‘nearly insurmountable’, warns UNICEF

More than 635 million students remain affected by full or partial school closures. On the International Day of Education and as the COVID-19 pandemic nears its two-year mark, UNICEF shares the latest available data on the impact of the pandemic on children’s learning.


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.