ALERT- The “Save our Future” campaign places the focus on education during and post the COVID-19 pandemic | October 21, 2020

Save our future visual summarizing the 7 recommendations of the White Paper: We must prioritize reopening schools, resume delivering vital services such as health and nutrition to children, and we need to protect the workforce and treat them as frontline workers. We must transform education making it more inclusive, engaging, and adaptive so that it can act as the engine of sustainable development that we desperately need. We need to strengthen the education workforce so that teachers and other professionals are equipped to enable learning and well-being for all children. We need to focus education technology where it is proven to be effective and most equitable: and we need to avoid the risk that technology continues to exacerbate inequality. We need to ensure that governments protect education budgets and that they target budgets to those who are left furthest behind. We need the international community to step up to fully finance education as a key part of the recovery from COVID. We need to ensure that any funding put into education achieves its maximum impact by improving coordination and the use of evidence.

The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted the education of over 90% of the world’s students and exacerbated already existing inequalities. The future of an entire generation is at risk, in particular that of children with disabilities. That is why HI joined the ‘Save our Future’ campaign. By Julia McGeown, Global Inclusive Education Specialist.  Concerned by the […]

The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted the education of over 90% of the world’s students and exacerbated already existing inequalities. The future of an entire generation is at risk, in particular that of children with disabilities. That is why HI joined the ‘Save our Future’ campaign.

By Julia McGeown, Global Inclusive Education Specialist. 

Concerned by the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to reverse the progress which has been made so far, affecting in particular the most marginalised learners including children with disabilities, Humanity & Inclusion joined the Save our Future campaign, which brings together multiple voices and calls for greater commitments to education.

The campaign gathers UN agencies (i.e.UNICEF, UNESCO, UNHCR), donors such as Global Partnership for Education (GPE), Education Cannot Wait (ECW) and the Education Commission, and large NGOs such as Save the Children and BRAC.

The campaign aims to raise awareness within the general public, via a communication push, and to advocate towards decision-makers to stimulate their political will to invest in education in such a critical moment.

A ‘White Paper” with high-priority recommendations on education during and post COVID

A key aspect of this campaign has been to develop a ‘White Paper’, which sets the narrative of the entire campaign, based on a thorough analysis of the evidence.

Humanity & Inclusion, represented by Julia McGeown (Global Inclusive Education Specialist) was significantly involved in shaping this ‘white paper’, both via the working group called “ leave no one behind” and via a comprehensive contribution to the entire paper, with a view to ensure that there was a focus on children with disabilities and that issue of inclusion was featured throughout the text. 

The paper builds on the themes identified in the ‘Education during COVID-19 and beyond’ policy brief, recently published by the UN Secretary General. It proposes a relatively small number of high-priority recommendations to deliver changes over the coming 6-24 months. It contains action points for donors, multi-lateral organizations, civil society organizations, governments, research organizations, philanthropists, teachers and teachers’ unions, and the private sector, which have been developed in consultation with representatives from all these groups.

The paper highlights the urgent need to secure funding — both domestic financing and international aid – to deliver quality, inclusive education for all children.

A Global Education Meeting convened by UNESCO

This White Paper is being launched at the Global Education Meeting on October 22nd, convened by UNESCO.

This meeting provides the chance to high-level political leaders, policy makers and global education actors to discuss and rethink education in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and agree on global priority actions for educational recovery and progress. 10 years away from the expiration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is clear that we would not be able to achieve quality, inclusive education for all – as set by SDG4 – unless we accelerate efforts and scale-up commitments for a sustainable recovery and future. The COVID-19 crisis puts additional pressure to make this happen.

That’s why it is such a crucial time to launch the white paper for “Save our Future”.

We hope our push to increase the focus on the inclusion of children and young persons with disabilties will make a difference to the dialogues that will take place during this meeting, and on the outcomes.

Quote from the Save our future's campaign: "As schools reopen after COVID-19, we need to focus on learning lost by the most disadvantaged students, particularly linguistic minority groups, girls, those affected by disability."


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