The Global Partnership for Education (GPE), has announced the provision of $250 million to help developing countries mitigate both the immediate and long-term disruptions to education by COVID-19 pandemic.
The GPE COVID-19 fund is to be made available for 67 developing countries, the chunk of which are African countries.
Nigeria is one of the 39 eligible African countries, alongside Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Republic of), Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
According to the Board Chair of the global body (GPE), Julia Gillard, the funds will help sustain learning for up to 355 million children, with a focus on ensuring that girls and poor children, who will be the worst hits by school closures, can continue their education.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is creating an education emergency that could have devastating impacts on children in developing countries.
“Unless we act now to support education systems, millions of vulnerable children, especially the poorest girls, may not be able to resume learning when this crisis is over,” said Gillard
About 630 million children are said to be out of school in developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean.