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Kids In Latin America Have Slipped Down An Educational Black Hole During The COVID-19 Pandemic

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Posted: Friday, June 24, 2022. 3:03 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Children around the world have spent hours using computers or other electronic devices for online classes or assignments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reuters report that in Bolivia, school children only returned to in-person classes in March and are still not full-time.

In Belize, educators prepare to return to in-person classes in September and most schools adopted the online or hybrid methods during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the story around the region and a report by The World Bank noted that children in Latin America experience almost 60 weeks of fully or partially closed classes.

Experts are concerned that this learning gap threatens to take this generation of children back, in terms of their education levels and future earned income.

In the report by Reuters, a parent from Bolivia explained that with virtual classes, the children didn’t learn anything and were easily distracted.

World Bank researcher, Emanuela di Gropello noted that Latin America’s school kids would see a 12% decline in their lifetime earnings due to gaps in education during the pandemic.

 

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