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11 mil­lion girls won’t re­turn to school af­ter COVID — UNESCO

- Society · UNESCO · Kinshasa · Democratic Republic of Congo · Audrey Azoulay · Republic of Congo · United Nations · Congo River

KINSHASA, Congo (AFP) – Eleven mil­lion girls face be­ing un­able to re­turn to school even af­ter coron­avirus re­stric­tions are lifted around the world, UNESCO head Audrey Azoulay said Thurs­day dur­ing a visit to the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo.

“We worry that in many coun­tries the clo­sure of schools has un­for­tu­nately led to losses,’’ Azoulay said as she vis­ited a high school in the cap­i­tal Kinshasa, three days af­ter the coun­try’s 2020-21 school year be­gan.

“We es­ti­mate that 11 mil­lion girls will be un­able to go back to school around the world.’’

Ac­cord­ingly,

“we have launched an aware­ness cam­paign on the need for schools to go back to school,’’ the for­mer French cul­ture min­is­ter said.

Ed­u­ca­tion “un­for­tu­nately re­mains very un­equal’’ for girls, Azoulay said, not­ing that their ac­cess to school­ing is a pri­or­ity for the UN Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­gan­i­sa­tion (UNESCO).

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