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Microsoft and UNICEF expand Learning Passport to help students affected by school closures

Back in 2019, the Learning Passport started off as an initiative to offer new learning opportunities for displaced and refugee children through a digital remote learning platform. Since then, it has been in development and was due to start a pilot program this year.

However, since the COVID-19 pandemic started, as many as 1.57 billion students have been affected by school closures in more than 190 countries worldwide. Considering this, Learning Passport has been expanded to facilitate children, teachers, and educators at such schools as well.

The platform will host digitized curriculum, textbooks, and supplemental content. These will be distributed on a country level and will be in the country's national language. It is also a trimmed down version of a complete learning management system that will track the subjects a student learns and also guide them with additional support.

These resources can be accessed via a specific country's learningpassport.unicef.org page. Microsoft states that all countries with a curriculum capable of being taught online will be able to deploy Learning Passport.

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