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Pandemic impacts 1.5 billion learners globally

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The One Billion Voices Campaign, led by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) was launched virtually on 25 January 2021 after the pandemic affected an estimated 1.5 billion learners globally.

The launch in Johannesburg featured a keynote address by GCE President Refat Sabbah; screening of the One Billion Voices Campaign film; regional panel discussions on the impact of COVID-19 on education; and regional plans to finance education.

During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, an estimated 1.5 billion learners had their education stopped or interrupted.

Furthermore, education systems continue to face a devastating crisis: the challenges around public financing and the ever-increasing pressure on resources for public services are resulting in lower prioritization of education.

While some learners have returned to school, the COVID-19 pandemic deepened the digital exclusion of many especially vulnerable communities, including children with disabilities.

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