Save the Children raised the alarm on Monday for an “unprecedented global education emergency” due to the coronavirus pandemic, which could drive poverty out of the classroom due to budget cuts and the growth of around 10 million children, especially in Africa.
In its “Save our Education” report, the NGO estimates that 9.7 million children will experience a permanent dropout in the course of the year. This risk is particularly high in twelve countries, particularly in West and Central Africa, although also in Yemen and Afghanistan.
The organization cites one of the causes of the reduction in the educational budget. In a “middle class” scenario, Save the Children estimates that the educational budget of “some of the poorest countries in the world” could have a deficit of $ 77 billion, while in the “worst case scenario”, in other words, governments that Funding education directly to other parties to fight the pandemic could reach $ 192 billion.
The NGO has indicated that school closure, in addition to the “devastating effects of the COVID 19 outbreak on learning” means much more than the loss of education, given that children no longer have a safe space to play, eat and access to health services, and if possible, abuse is found at home and protection is offered to the victims. “” With the closure of the schools, these security measures will disappear, “he warned.