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This report aims to provide a general overview of some of the critical challenges the world is facing to make progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 – SDG4 and subsequently the multiple barriers that people encounter to effectively enjoy the right to education. Drawing on the analysis of contemporary debates in education policy and examples of policy challenges provided by GCE regional and national members, the report argues that the ongoing health pandemic have made more evident deep-rooted inequalities in the world education systems and further limited the most marginalised members of society’s opportunities to enjoy the right to education. As expected, the nature and magnitude of the barriers to enjoy one’s right to education are context-specific and therefore, the report provides evidence from specific countries and regions for the reader to make better sense of such nuances.

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The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a civil society movement that aims to end exclusion in education. Education is a basic human right, and our mission is to make sure that governments act now to deliver the right of everyone to a free, quality, public education.