Education is in crisis, with 260 million children not in school – the majority of them girls – even before the pandemic. In rich and poor countries alike, millions more are in school but let down by a lack of support for teachers, outdated curriculum and a lack of digital connectivity in addition to poverty, conflict and the ongoing impact of the pandemic.
The #LetMeLearn campaign is mobilising young people to send a passionate message to world leaders that they must act urgently to deliver quality education to every child. The call comes ahead of the historic Transforming Education Summit, held during next month’s United Nations General Assembly where world leaders are meeting to decide how to tackle this crisis. These decisions will impact hundreds of millions of lives.
The campaign is growing rapidly into a powerful global movement. It has already been backed by the UN, UNICEF, the Global Partnership for Education, the action platform Global Citizen and non-profit organisations including Plan International, Hello World and ITA in Pakistan. Celebrities including Stephen Fry and Matt Lucas have also shown their support on social media.
Here's our 1-minute video featuring children from PTN schools in rural Nepal:
Pahar Trust Nepal stands to support children from remote and rural communities in Nepal whose education is affected by the ongoing impact of the pandemic.
Research in Nepal shows that:
- Only 8% families and 12 % schools have access both to the internet and digital devices. (Sharma 2020)
- Although technology-based education offers many benefits, it can widen the existing inequalities if all the measures are not taken into consideration (Gyamerah 2020)
- Many students and parents (including teachers) are not computer literate. Indeed, the national literacy rate is just 65.94% (Central Bureau of Statistics 2012) and computer illiteracy rate could be higher.
- Even when rural children get access to radio and television lessons, it is highly unlikely that those children get enough help from their parents as many parents are illiterate.
- Children from low-income families are at a double disadvantage during the COVID-19 school closures: interruption to class time and economic uncertainty (Tiruneh 2020)
- There is a high drop-out rate after school closures in rural localities as parents may prefer their children to continue to support them in farming and livestock herding.
As Covid-19 threatens the education of millions of children in emergencies, the campaign continues to pressure world leaders to put education at the heart of their recovery plans so no child is left behind.
The above research findings are taken from: Impact of COVID-19 on the Education Sector in Nepal - Challenges and Coping Strategies
You can read more on the #LetMeLearn campaign here.