The Transforming Education Summit was convened in response to a global crisis in education – one of equity and inclusion, quality and relevance. While much progress has been made globally in recent decades in education, high rates of poverty, exclusion, insecurity and gender inequality continue to hold millions back from learning. COVID-19, violence, armed conflict, refugee and internal displacement, natural hazards including climate-induced disasters and associated economic migration, and a growing backlash against gender equality and women’s rights are reversing progress and widening inequalities in many contexts. The health and well-being of learners are a critical point: increasing numbers of them are vulnerable to poverty, malnutrition, infectious diseases, early and unintended pregnancy and poor psychosocial and mental health. Marginalized groups are suffering most. We need a new vision for education: schools and their surrounding education communities must be transformed to become more responsive to the needs of learners and to ensure that their rights are met. Bold action is needed if the international community is to meet its commitments and make education inclusive for all.
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