A rapid assessment by Education Cannot Wait, the global fund for education in emergencies, has been carried out in close conjunction with governments, UN agencies and civil society partners who are currently present in 27 countries already affected by armed conflict, forced displacement, natural disasters and protracted crises. This initial assessment paints a worrying picture of the huge impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on already severely strained education systems. There is an acute shortage of distance learning tools and materials, which means that millions of pupils will not be able to complete the current school year. In addition, many areas lack hygienic knowledge, as well as supplies and facilities.
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