Intensify collaboration and international solidarity to place education and lifelong learning at the center of the recovery process, this is the goal of the 3rd edition of the International Day of Education which is held on January 24.
On this occasion, the UNESCO office for the Maghreb recalls the state of education disrupted around the world by the repercussions generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to data collected by UNESCO, the global average is 100 school days lost due to the pandemic and school closings. In the five Maghreb countries, on average, pupils and students were deprived of 79 days, with notable variations between Algeria (67 days) and Mauritania (92 days), as the UNESCO office in the Maghreb stated in a press release, adding that, unfortunately, these disturbances are still very present.
Social, economic, and digital inequalities have thus been amplified by the Covid-19, exposing an entire generation to the risk of an educational disaster. However, the pandemic has also highlighted the central role of education in societies, as a common public good and the foundation of social cohesion, well-being, and possibilities for action.
To change the situation in the face of the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, UNESCO has launched the UNESCO World Coalition for Education which has brought together 160 partners since its launch in March 2020. The latter brings together various resolute organizations to carry out awareness-raising and mobilization actions in favor of education, illustrated among others by the “Save our future” campaign.