COVID-19 Education Response
More than 1.5 billion students and youth across the planet are or have been affected by school and university closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Global Education Coalition launched by UNESCO is a platform for collaboration and exchange to protect the right to education during this unprecedented disruption and beyond. It brings together more than 175 members from the UN family, civil society, academia and the private sector to ensure that #LearningNeverStops.
Coalition members rally around three flagships, namely connectivity, teachers and gender, as well as support specific causes including the educational recovery following the deadly explosion in Beirut.
All Coalition members are encouraged to pledge for the protection of learners’ personal information, privacy and security.
- Frequently asked questions
- One year into COVID: Prioritizing education recovery to avoid a generational catastrophe - High-level ministerial meeting, 29 March 2021
- More on UNESCO's COVID-19 Education Response
The COVID-19 outbreak is also a major education crisis
The Global Coalition launched by UNESCO is a multi-sector partnership to provide appropriate distance education for all learners.
School closures widen learning inequalities and hurt vulnerable children and youth disproportionately
We have a special responsibility to ensure continuity, inclusion and equity for all students (figures as of 28.09.2021)
7.3%of the world's student population affected by school closures
128million learners out of school
17countries affected by school closures
Our collective actions can help build more resilient education systems for the futures.
See how the coalition can make a difference.
actors and resources to develop effective and unified response.
action to maximize impact and avoid overlap and reach the disadvantaged.
on-the-ground needs with local and global solutions.
distance education, leveraging hi-tech, low tech and no tech approaches.
Global Education Coalition members
More than 140 organizations have joined the Coalition. Discover who they are, their messages and commitments to ensure that #LearningNeverStops.
Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, UNESCO
Tedros Adhanom, Director-General, WHO
Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, UN
Never before have we witnessed educational disruption at this scale. Partnership is the only way forward. This Coalition is a call for coordinated and innovative action to unlock solutions that will not only support learners and teachers now, but through the recovery process and in the longer term, with a principle focus on inclusion and equity"
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Find out how your organization can take action
We are United Nations agencies, international organizations, private sector, civil society representatives engaged in advancing COVID-19 Education Response from around the world at global, regional and countries levels.
The Global Education Coalition is an open partnership, and UNESCO is inviting expressions of interest from organizations interested in joining our COVID-19 response to ensure the continuity of education for all learners.
What binds the coalition is a commitment to help countries assure the inclusive and equitable provision of distance education.
Interested organization should clearly specify what free support, tools or services they can offer countries that might help them extend educational opportunities during periods of school closure. Emphasis is placed on ‘free’. The coalition seeks to broker solutions with country needs and, in the current emergency context, all solutions listed on the coalition platform should be available free of charge. Please send the relevant information to globalEDcoalition@unesco.org, clearly indicating a focal point.