EDUCATION

COVID-related School Closures Could Push Millions Of Children Into Learning Poverty

According to two recent World Bank reports, COVID-related school closures risk pushing an additional 72 million primary school-aged children into learning poverty.

The report noted that children will be unable to read and understand a simple text by age 10.

The report outlines a new vision for learning and the investments and policies, including on education technology, that countries can implement today to realize a new vision. 

The pandemic is amplifying the global learning crisis that already existed, the report noted.

It stated that the current crisis could increase the percentage of primary school-age children in low- and middle-income countries living in learning poverty to 63 percent from 53 percent.

 Additionally, it stated, “it puts this generation of students at risk of losing about $10 trillion in future life-time earnings, an amount equivalent to almost 10 percent of global GDP.” 

The new report, Realizing the Future of Learning: From Learning Poverty to Learning for Everyone, Everywhere, lays out a vision for the future of learning that can guide countries today in their investments and policy reforms, so that they can build more equitable, effective, and resilient education systems and ensure that all children learn with joy, rigor, and purpose in school and beyond the school walls.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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