COVID-19 Learning Losses

Rebuilding Quality Learning for All in MENA

17 November 2021
Girl looks at the camera while sitting in a classroom and wearing a black mask
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Hanan, 11 and a half years, lives in Za’atari refugee camp and is in 6th grade. She attends a UNICEF Makani centre for learning support and child protection services.

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated disruptions to teaching and learning pose a serious threat to approximately 110 million students from pre-primary to higher education in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Even before the pandemic, an estimated 15 million children in the region between the ages of 5-14 were out of school and nearly two-thirds of children in the region were unable to read with proficiency by the age of 10. An entire generation of children is estimated to have been affected by this unprecedented disruption, with potential long-term impacts, including on mental health, well-being, socialization, and employment prospects.

A joint regional report was prepared by a team from the World Bank, UNICEF, and UNESCO, with contributions from UNHCR and UNRWA, under the title: "COVID-19 Learning Losses: Rebuilding Quality Learning for All in MENA".
It will be launched virtually will take place on 7 December, 8:00 – 9:30 am EST (3:00 pm – 4:30 pm GMT+2).  

The report presents:

  • Country responses to mitigate COVID-19’s impact on education;
  • Simulation of the impact of COVID-19 on learning outcomes; and
  • Recommendations for mitigation of learning loss and ensuring learning for all in MENA in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will feature expert panelists from across the region who will discuss the findings in the report and the actions that governments can take to help recover learning losses and ensure quality education for all.

When :

from Tuesday 7 December, 2021
15:00
to Tuesday 7 December, 2021
16:30

Where :

Online, Lebanon

Media contacts

Juliette Touma
Regional Chief of Advocacy and Communications
UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Regional Office
Tel: 00962798674628
Salim Oweis
Communication Officer
UNICEF MENA
Tel: 00962799365212

Additional resources

Girl looks at the camera while sitting in a classroom and wearing a black mask
Hanan, 11 and a half years, lives in Za’atari refugee camp and is in 6th grade. She attends a UNICEF Makani centre for learning support and child protection services.

Topic

Report Launch - COVID-19 Learning Losses: Rebuilding Quality Learning for All in the Middle East and North Africa

Time

Dec 7, 2021 03:00 PM in Beirut

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