Pandemic causing ‘nearly insurmountable’ education losses globally: UNICEF

chool closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic have caused “nearly insurmountable” losses in education among children around the world, UNICEF said on Monday. More than 616 million students are still being affected by full or partial school closures, the UN children’s agency said.

In many countries, in addition to depriving millions of children of the chance to acquire basic skills, these disruptions have affected students’ mental health, put them at greater risk of abuse and prevented many from having access to “a regular source of nutrition,” UNICEF added.

UNICEF reported that “learning losses to school closures have left up to 70 percent of 10-year-olds unable to read or understand a simple text, up from 53 percent pre-pandemic” in countries with low and middle income.

Pandemic causing ‘nearly insurmountable’ education losses globally: UNICEF