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Keeping girls in the picture

Over 11 million girls may not go back to school after the COVID-19 crisis

11 million.

That’s the number of girls who might not return to school this year due to COVID-19’s unprecedented education disruption. This alarming number not only threatens decades of progress made towards gender equality, but also puts girls around the world at risk of adolescent pregnancy, early and forced marriage, and violence. For many girls, school is more than just a key to a better future. It’s a lifeline.

Join UNESCO and members of the Global Education Coalition in a new #LearningNeverStops campaign to ensure that every girl is able to learn while schools are closed and return to the classroom when schools safely reopen. Let’s speak out for the 130 million girls who were already out of school before the pandemic, and work together to safeguard their right to education. It’s time to turn this crisis into an opportunity to build back equal. And it starts NOW!

Girls' education is our future

When a girl's education is cut short, the impact can be felt for generations. It leaves a vital gap in their community, their country and the world.

Girls' education is one of the most powerful investments we can make for our collective future. The ripple effect of positive change occurs when a girl gets an education is amazing. It strengthens economies, reduces inequality and creates more opportunities for everyone to succeed.

Join the campaign to ensure #LearningNeverStops

Everyone can play a role in supporting girls’ education – whether you’re a teacher, parent, student, journalist, policymaker, or simply a concerned citizen. Here’s how you can join the campaign to ensure #LearningNeverStops.

Voices of girls from around the world

Listen to the voices of some of the millions of girls around the world who are struggling to keep learning.

Champions speak out for girls’ education

Advocates and champions for girls’ and women’s education have joined the campaign to ensure learning never stops for girls around the world.

Nobel laureate and advocate for girls’ education and women's equality Malala Yousafzai joins the #LearningNeverStops campaign.

Watch girls’ and women’s education champions H.E Dr Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi, and Nadia Nadim, professional football player for PSG and Denmark, lend their voices for girls' education.

More on COVID-19 & gender equality

Global Education Coalition members are working together to address the gender dimensions of the COVID-19 school crisis and safeguard progress made on gender equality on education in recent decades.