The state of global learning poverty: 2022 update

Organisation(s): World Bank; UNESCO; UNICEF; USAID; FCDO; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Date: 2022

Pages: 78 p.


The world is in the depths of a learning crisis, made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. This report finds that COVID-19-related school closures and other disruptions have sharply increased learning poverty, a measure of children unable to read and understand a simple text by age 10. The report, The State of Global Learning Poverty: 2022 Update, a joint publication of the World Bank, UNICEF, FCDO, USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and in partnership with UNESCO, stresses that even before the pandemic, there was already a learning crisis. Since then, COVID-19 has sharply increased learning poverty, with COVID-driven school disruptions exacerbating the severe pre-pandemic learning crisis. The report reiterates the call for governments to take RAPID action to: Reach every child and keep them in school; Assess learning levels regularly; Prioritize teaching the fundamentals, as the building blocks of lifelong learning; Increase the efficiency of instruction including through catch-up learning; Develop psychosocial health and wellbeing so every child is ready to learn.

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