UNESCO to conduct extraordinary session of Global Education Meeting (GEM) in October

Next month, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will be conducting a special session of Global Education Meeting (GEM) to enable exchange among high-level political leaders, global education experts and policy makers in a move to rethink education in the current situation and post-COVID-19 world. The session will be conducted on October 22 and will aim at protecting and promoting education in the current times when education financing is at considerable risk of being left behind.  

Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director of Education at UNESCO, said, “The GEM is driven by this sense of urgency – it pulls the alarm on the dramatic consequence that any decline in aid and national budgets will have on an already deep education crisis.” 

Adding further she said, “By convening this extraordinary session of the GEM next month, our aim is to secure commitments from political leaders to position education at the centre of national and international efforts to recover swiftly, inclusively and sustainably from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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