COVID-19 has fuelled a global ‘learning poverty’ crisis

Teacher Marzio Toniolo took this photo of single desks set up in a classroom ahead of the September 14 reopening of his primary school, when children return for the first time since the end of February when Italy’s original ‘red zone’ towns were put under lockdown, adhering to strict regulations to avoid coronavirus disease (COVID-19) contagion, in Santo Stefano Lodigiano,  Italy, September 10, 2020. Picture taken September 10, 2020. REUTERS/Marzio Toniolo - RC2YYI9B1CT3

The pandemic saw empty classrooms all across the world. Image: REUTERS/Marzio Toniolo

Joao Pedro Azevedo
Lead Economist, World Bank
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Remote learning is much less common in lower-income countries. Image: World Bank
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COVID-19 is exacerbating learning poverty worldwide. Image: World Bank
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