What will we do for the lost generation of Covid-19?


Everything is open except education … Including the Koran courses … Weddings, holidays, farewell to the military … But when it comes to education, it is prohibited. Ok so how far?

COVID-19 has done one of the worst harms to the population of education age. Let’s be aware of this first. It has dropped more than 1 billion children and young people from school around the world, and at least 30 million of them will never be able to return to education. According to the estimates of the World Bank, it will cost $ 10 trillion for schools to be closed.

The public health crisis caused by the pandemic has created a generation of COVID-19 who have lost access to education and the opportunities it brings. So what are they going to do? How will they hold on to life?

A significant portion of these 30 million are girls. The school was actually one of the best strongholds for them when they were forced to marry at an early age. It was also an opportunity door to open them.

It closes, unfortunately ..

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the old normal is over. OK. We are in the new normal. But we are looking. New normal dynamics of education, especially does not make sense for a particular young population in developing countries such as Turkey, which has a dense, you can not. In fact, before COVID-19, there was a serious learning crisis in the world. Of course, Turkey, too. More than half of children in developing countries “From learning poverty”Suffers. Many children who reach the age of 11 have little or no basic literacy and numeracy skills. According to UNESCO data, 800 million of today’s young people leave education without any qualifications. Now this will increase exponentially.

This is one of the important points that we differ with countries that take education among their priorities.new normal”: European countries, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia … We are among the countries waiting for the vaccine to be found as soon as possible and the pandemic to end.

Among the future scenarios for COVID-19, there are projections such as the prolongation of the process, the deepening of the economic crisis, and social crises to follow.

So how long can schools be closed? What needs to be done for equal access to education for all? How and when will the deficiencies in distance learning be completed? Today, the President will announce his good news. Would it be too dreamy to expect an answer to these questions in this gospel?

Last week, I talked about TEDMEM’s report on education, distance learning, problems and solutions during the COVID-19 process. At some point in the report, there are other questions to be answered. For example, how much learning loss and learning deficiency occurred during the period when schools were closed?

How were students’ social, emotional and behavioral developments affected by school closures?

Signature for a global contribution to the financing of education

A group of thinkers, Nobel laureate scientists, politicians, president, prime minister, academicians who want to prevent the loss of COVID-19 from occurring, to recognize the G20, the IMF, the World Bank, regional development banks and all countries of the scale of the crisis and Included in the Development Goals “equal educational opportunity for allHe urged to take action to achieve his goal. Including from Turkey Hikmet Cetin and Kemal DervisBriefly, the statement I saw the signatures of:

Resources are urgently needed to return young people to education and make up for their missing lessons. Moreover, we must rebuild education better: more support for online learning, personalized learning and teacher training; Conditional cash transfers for poor families and safer schools that follow distance rules …

The declaration contains 4 important items:

1- Each country should pledge to encourage school attendance by prioritizing the needs of the most disadvantaged children through conditional and unconditional cash transfers.

2- The international community should increase educational assistance by focusing on the most vulnerable, including the poor, girls, children in conflict zones and the disabled. The fastest way to free resources for education is through debt suspension. The poorest 76 countries will have to repay $ 86 billion in debt over the next two years. We call for a suspension of debt, provided that this money is reallocated to education and other priority investments for children.

3. The IMF should grant Special Drawing Rights of $ 1.2 trillion (from its own global reserve asset) and its members agree to channel those resources to countries most in need by creating a rescue platform.

4- The World Bank should create an additional International Development Association budget. The UK and the Netherlands have stated that they will allocate a total of 650 million dollars for global education. We call on other countries, private sector and foundations to join this fund.


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