UNICEF and Microsoft Collaborate to Help the Ongoing Global Education Crisis

Even with the easing of lockdown in many parts of the world, there is a chance that the lockdown status can be revisited depending on the spike in the situation and spike in cases. Therefore, it is important that the online learning system be strengthened to make sure that in case of a repeat of the situation there is no time lost.

In addition to many governments developing local educational apps and platforms to aid in education international platforms have been developing resources as well. A recent addition is the result of collaboration between UNICEF and Microsoft, called The Learning Passport.

They have launched the expansion of a global learning platform for online education among the children and youth restricted to their homes owing to COVID-19 pandemic.

A representative of UNICEF shared that the online syllabus has already been designed for displaced and refugee children with the help of a digital remote learning platform. The content available to schoolchildren includes online books, videos and additional support for parents of children with learning disabilities.

It has now undergone rapid expansion to facilitate country level curriculum for children and youth whose schools have been forced to close due to COVID-19.

The platform would also provide key resources to teachers and educators. As per UNESCO’s data 1.57 billion students have been affected by the closure of schools in more than 190 countries around the world.

Given the situation such collaborations are the need of the hour to ensure that innovative and scalable solutions can be swiftly rolled out for the masses.

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