COVID-19 has caused unprecedented disruption to education systems worldwide, leading to immense learning losses. The crisis has revealed and exacerbated pre-existing inequalities and marginalization of learning which could lead to generational catastrophe. The right to education is a fundamental human right. Increasingly, the global education community has highlighted the need to take action to build education systems that are capable of overcoming adversity and are resilient to risks with which they are confronted. In the education sector, resilience refers to “the ability of children, families, communities, and systems to withstand, adapt to, and recover from shocks and stresses” because “strengthening the resilience of education systems enables countries to respond to the immediate challenges of safely reopening schools and positions them to better cope with future crises”.
UNESCO COVID-19 Education Response. Education Sector issue notes. Issue note 1.3