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.


Children cannot afford another year of school disruption

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

“As we enter the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as cases continue to soar around the world, no effort should be spared to keep schools open or prioritize them in reopening plans.


Pandemic Threatens to Push 72 Million More Children into Learning Poverty—World Bank outlines a New Vision to ensure that every child learns, everywhere

COVID-related school closures risk pushing an additional 72 million primary school aged children into learning poverty—meaning that they are unable to read and understand a simple text by age 10—according to two new World Bank reports released on December 2th. The reports outline a new vision for learning and the investments and policies, including on education technology, that countries can implement to realize this vision.


Children in the poorest countries have lost nearly four months of schooling since start of pandemic – UNESCO, UNICEF and World Bank report finds

New report looks at national education responses to COVID-19 including lost learning; remote learning support for students, parents and teachers; school reopening plans; health protocols; and financing

Schoolchildren in low-and lower-middle-income countries have already lost nearly four months of schooling since the start of the pandemic, compared to six weeks of loss in high-income countries, according to a new report published by UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Bank, on October 28.


Sint Maarten Trust Fund Supports Education and Child Protection Systems

The Child Resilience and Protection Project, a new US$5 million project funded by the Sint Maarten Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience Trust Fund, has been approved. The Trust Fund is financed by the Government of the Netherlands and managed by the World Bank. The project was developed under the leadership of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (MECYS) and will be implemented by UNICEF the Netherlands.


Big gender gap in students attitudes and engagement in global and multicultural issues, finds new OECD PISA report

Schools and education systems are failing to give boys and girls across the world the same opportunities to learn and apply their knowledge of global and multicultural issues, according to a new report on the first OECD PISA assessment of the knowledge, skills and attitudes of students to engage with other people and cultures.


Education Cannot Wait, the Global Partnership for Education, UNESCO & UNICEF call for the resumption of salary payments for teachers for the coming school year in Yemen

This World Teachers’ Day, celebrated under the theme, “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”, the Global Partnership for Education, Education Cannot Wait, UNESCO and UNICEF are calling for the resumption of salary payments for around half of the Yemeni teachers and school-based staff (estimated 160,000) who have not received regular salary payments since 2016. With suspended salary payments and schools regularly coming under attack, many teachers have been forced to find alternative sources of income to provide for their families.