COVID-19 Update – The coronavirus pandemic has triggered an education crisis of unprecedented scale since the lockdowns began worldwide in March and April. By October, at least 600 million children will still not be returning to their classrooms, most of them in the developing world. (https://en.unesco.org/covid19/educationresponse This means a reduction in learning outcomes and most probably, an increase in school drop outs, especially among girls. This is expected to translate into more than 7 million child marriages ( https://www.unfpa.org/sites/default/files/resource-pdf/COVID-19_impact_brief_for_UNFPA_24_April_2020_1.pdf). The Global Partnership for Education is responding to the challenge.