United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday that returning students to schools must be a top priority or the world faces a “generational catastrophe.”
In a four minute and 41 second video, the 71-year-old former Portuguese prime minister and socialist said that in mid-July 169 countries had schools closed because of the novel coronavirus, affecting 1 billion students and that 40 million had “missed out on education in a critical pre-school year.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the largest disruption of education ever,” Guterres said. “Now we face a generational catastrophe that could waste untold human potential, undermine decades of progress and exacerbate entrenched inequalities.”
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