Due to COVID-19 learning loss induced school closures could impoverish a whole generation : World Bank

Due to COVID-19 learning loss induced school closures could impoverish a whole generation : World Bank



Due to COVID-19 learning loss induced school closures could impoverish a whole generation : World Bank


Regional evidence from Brazil, Pakistan, rural India, South Africa, and Mexico, among others, shows substantial losses in math and reading.


New Delhi, Dec 12 : The present generation of students risks losing USD 17 trillion in lifetime earnings in present value, or about 14 per cent of today's global GDP, as a result of COVID-19-related school closures, according to a new report prepared by the World Bank in collaboration with UNESCO and UNICEF.

The report reveals that the impact is more severe than previously thought, and far exceeds the USD 10 trillion estimates released in 2020.

The report, titled "State of the Global Education Crisis : A Path to Recovery report", shows that in low- and middle-income countries, the share of children living in learning poverty -- already 53 per cent before the pandemic -- could potentially reach 70 per cent given the long school closures and the ineffectiveness of remote learning to ensure full learning continuity during school closures.

" The COVID-19 crisis brought education systems across the world to a halt. Now, 21 months later, schools remain closed for millions of children, and others may never return to school. The loss of learning that many children are experiencing is morally unacceptable. 

And the potential increase of learning poverty might have a devastating impact on future productivity, earnings, and wellbeing for this generation of children and youth, their families and the world's economies," said Jaime Saavedra, World Bank Global Director for Education.

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