At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic this year, roughly half the world’s student population - over 1.5 billion children and youth - could not attend school or university.
At the time, Angelina Jolie, actor and Special Envoy to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, penned an article highlighting the “significant sacrifice” young students were making. Not just losing vital learning time, but reprieve from exploitation and violence, or a hot daily meal, for the most vulnerable.
The scale and speed of closures presented an unprecedented challenge for the global education sector, and countries raced to fill the void with distance learning solutions, exposing sharp inequality between those with decent online access and those without.
This escalating education crisis was already in the making, even before Covid-19, says Dr. Amel Karboul, CEO of the Education Outcomes Fund, an ambitious project to create large-scale investible, commercial pro…