U.N. Chief Warning Of 'Generational Catastrophe' Amid School Closures

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres announced a policy brief Tuesday called "Save our Future."
Posted at 9:17 AM, Aug 04, 2020

The United Nations' chief says the world must take steps now to combat a learning crisis amid school closures.

"Now we face a generational catastrophe that could waste untold human potential, undermine decades of progress, and exacerbate entrenched inequalities," U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres announced a policy brief Tuesday called "Save our Future." It calls for action in four areas: reopening schools, prioritizing education in financial decisions, targeting hard to reach students and reimagining education. 

Guterres said that in mid-July schools were closed in some 160 countries impacting more than one billion students. 

"We are at a defining moment for the world’s children and young people. The decisions that governments and partners take now will have lasting impact on hundreds of millions of young people, and on the development prospects of countries for decades to come," Guterres said. 

He said once local coronavirus transmission is under control, getting students back to school safely must be a top priority.