12-year-old Ionuț and his family live in difficult conditions. His father is often away, working hard to provide for them and his mother is ill and unable to look after the family.

Because he often had to miss school, Ionuț is repeating the fourth grade. His goal for this school year was to do his best and catch up with his classmates. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, schools across Romania closed for months and Ionut was left out as he had no access to online teaching.

His wish was for school to function as before and for him and his friends to return to the classroom, with their teacher, to learn and play together. School just reopened in Romania, but there remains a lot of uncertainty as for how long as the country is still severely affected by the pandemic

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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.