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In response to the unprecedented educational challenges created by
school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 90 per cent of
countries have implemented some form of remote learning policy. This
factsheet estimates the potential reach of digital and
broadcast remote learning responses, finding that at least 463 million
students around the globe remain cut off from education, mainly due to a
lack of remote learning policies or lack of equipment needed for
learning at home. This data primarily stems from the UNESCO-UNICEF-World
Bank Survey on National Education Responses to COVID-19 School Closures
(June-July 2020), as well as household microdata from sources like
Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), Demographic and Health
Survey on the situation of families with children and adolescents during COVID 19 in Panama, specifically in terms of economics, food, distance education, access to health services and family conflicts. Telephone household survey conducted on a sample of 1000 families representative of the national population conducted from 26 May to 9 June 2020.
As families' incomes plummet, millions more children go hungry and are forced to work and beg. Millions of parents and caregivers have lost incomes and jobs due to COVID-19, forcing them to expose their children to harmful and dangerous circumstances, such as begging or child marriage. World Vision has conducted rapid assessments in 24 countries across Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia confirming alarming predictions of increased child hunger, violence, and poverty due to the economic impact of COVID-19. These assessment results give further evidence that the most vulnerable families and their children are hardest hit in such crises. Those living in fragile countries already suffering from conflict, climate change, instability or displacement as well as those already receiving humanitarian assistance are suffering even greater injustices because of the pandemic.
Charlene Wong; David Ming; Gary Maslow (et al.)
Rafael Perez-Escamilla; Kenda Cunningham; Victoria Hall Moran
The lives and futures of children across South Asia are being torn apart by the Covid-19 crisis. While they may be less susceptible to the virus itself, children are being profoundly affected by the fallout, including the economic and social consequences of the lockdown and other measures taken to counter the pandemic. Decades of progress on children’s health, education and other priorities risk being wiped out. Yet the crisis has also presented opportunities to expose and tackle some of the longstanding challenges facing children in the region, especially those from the most vulnerable communities. With the pandemic expanding rapidly across a region that contains a quarter of the world’s population, UNICEF's Lives Upended report
describes the disastrous immediate and longer-term consequences that
the virus and the measures to curb it have had on 600 million children
and the services they depend on.
Marialda Moreira Christoffel; Ana Leticia Monteiro Gomes; Tania Vignuda de Souza (et al.)
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