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Relegating education to the backbenches during and after the pandemic will have wider consequences than merely creating learning poverty and uneducated individuals in the world.

At this critical juncture as the pandemic continues to rage on, the general rule of thumb is to focus on the essentials. It is a common-sense approach, which is by far the simpler, yet a practical strategy to cope with the shocks and the aftershocks of the day.

Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) upholds education as the fundamental right of all. UDHR promotes it as the single most essential right in realizing all other human rights. UNESCO, UNICEF and many other international human rights agencies advocate indefatigably for its realization throughout the globe.