An estimated 60 percent of children worldwide are unable to read and understand a simple text by the age of ten. Nearly one-third of school-age children (463 million) lack access to distance learning. 222 million children and youth either have their education disrupted or are not learning due to armed conflict, forced displacement and climate-induced disasters. And while progress has been made in recent decades, gender inequalities persist in education. UNESCO's goals are therefore to expand public digital learning and improve access for children and youth affected by the crisis.
Recent UNESCO findings reveal that around half of the 100 countries reviewed had no mention of climate change in their national curriculum. This shows the discrepancy between current learning content and present and future realities. Adapting education (systems) to climate and environmental catastrophe is therefore another UNESCO concern.