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The COVID-19 pandemic and effects on education

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on the world and while the African continent accounts for just over 23,000 cases and over 1,100 deaths from the disease, the numbers are increasing and unfortunately this has also had serious impacts on learning.

According to UNESCO, 1.5 billion learners worldwide (91% of the world’s student population) are unable to go to school or university, due to measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Most governments around the world have temporarily closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the spread of the pandemic, but thanks to advocacy and communication campaigns, there are a number of countries in Africa and worldwide as well as organizations and coalitions of education partners (e.g. The Global Education Coalition) actively working towards ensuring learners can continue to receive education and reading opportunities.