Five million Canadian children return to school this week, adapting to new norms in the classroom and virtual learning. However, millions of children around the world, especially adolescent girls, may never return to school due to extreme poverty, early child marriage, violence and other forms of exploitation. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the world’s education systems, threatening a loss of learning that may affect an entire generation of students. Education can lead to greater economic prosperity, better health outcomes, and more gender equality. It also reduces exploitation and violence and enables people to reach their full potential. Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education is critical for prosperity, economic growth and achieving a peaceful, stable and more secure world. Canada has made strong commitments to education for girls, refugees, and other marginalized children in the past. Our throne speech on Sept. 23 must continue to show our education commitments which would include bold and ongoing investments to our trusted partners in development. Valerie Wright Ottawa, Ont.