The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, warned this Tuesday that the impact of COVID-19 on education means that the world is facing a “generation catastrophe” that “could waste incalculable human potential and undermine decades of progress and aggravate.” rooted inequalities. “
Guterres recalled that the pandemic closure of schools affected nearly 1.6 billion students of all ages and in all countries, with immediate and long-term effects in areas such as nutrition, child marriage and gender equality. In addition, the health emergency has exacerbated the existing differences in education.
The decisions that governments are now making will “have a lasting impact on hundreds of millions of young people and the development prospects of countries for decades,” he said during the presentation of a United Nations policy document on education. and COVID-19.
Almost 24 million students from elementary school to university are predicted to leave school due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic crisis.