It wont stop me! Right to Play responds to the education crisis as a result of Covid-19 school closures
2020 has been difficult for everyone as the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed all of our lives. For children everywhere, this year has been especially difficult. They have missed their friends, missed out on their education and for some, they have missed the safety, comfort and the protection that a school environment can provide.
With 1.6 billion children still out of school and at extreme risk of dropping out permanently, a second crisis is looming with a sharp rise in abuse, neglect and mental illness. Girls are especially affected by social isolation, as a surge of child marriage, female genital mutilation, and domestic violence puts them at greater risk than ever before.
Mateus is 10 years old and excited to write his 5th grade exams. Doing well on them is critical to continue to the next phase of his schooling. But, like millions of other children around the world, his hopes for an education came to a sudden and unexpected halt when the pandemic shut down his school in Mozambique. Interrupted learning has severe and lasting effects on children like Mateus. The longer they are out of school, the less likely they are to return.
As countries around the world struggle to keep schools open, we're providing children with engaging ways to learn at home, so they don't fall behind. Right To Play has reached more children than ever this year through virtual lessons, in-person community outreach and by working with schools to help them re-open safely. Thanks to our supporters, we’ve helped 12 million children around the world to remain healthy, stand up for their rights and keep learning no matter what.
Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, children like Mateus are proving how resilient they are and with the right support, will keep striving to get an education. We are hearing the millions of children we work with say one thing over and over again: "It won't stop me".
We've already reached 1.2 million primary school students like Mateus in Mozambique, but these children will continue to need support through the next phase of the pandemic. Times are tough, but with your help we can ensure that children don’t let the mounting crises stop them from rising to a brighter 2021.