Children at the primary level have been effectively out of school in poor countries, are more compared to developed countries.
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24 million may drop out of school due to COVID-19 impact: U.N.
According to the United Nation’s policy brief on the pandemic’s impact on education,
- Almost 24 million children are at risk of not returning to school next year due to the economic fallout of COVID-19.
- The COVID-19 crisis is likely to increase that financing gap by up to one-third.
- More than 6 billion learners across the world have been affected by the disruption of the education system.
- Pandemic has also served to exacerbate existing disparities, with vulnerable populations in low-income countries taking a harder and longer hit.
- For example, during the second quarter of 2020, 86% of children at the primary level have been effectively out of school in poor countries, compared to just 20% in highly developed countries.
- Girls and young women are likely to be disproportionately affected as school closures make them more vulnerable to child marriage, early pregnancy and gender-based violence.
- UNESCO estimates that 8 million additional children and youth [from pre-primary to tertiary] may drop out or not have access to school next year.