COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education systems in
history, affecting nearly 2 billion learners in more than 180 countries and all
continents. Closures of schools and learning spaces have impacted the world’s
student population, mainly in low and lower-middle income countries. The crisis
is exacerbating pre-existing education disparities by reducing the
opportunities for many of the most vulnerable children, youth, and
adults – those living in poor or rural areas, girls, refugees, persons
with disabilities and forcibly displaced persons – to continue their learning.
Learning losses also threaten to extend beyond this generation and erase
decades of progress, not least in support of girls and young women’s
educational access and retention. Some 23.8 million additional children and
youth (from pre-primary to tertiary) may drop out or not have access to school
next year due to the pandemic’s economic impact alone, say the United Nations in
their report from August 2020.
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OECD: The OECD summarises in the 2020 report the impact of COVID-19 on education.