Enormous Education Crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Latin American and Caribbean region is experiencing an unprecedented education crisis that requires immediate action to mitigate and reverse learning losses, according to a new World Bank report.

Following the massive school closures, as of February 2021, about 120 million school-age children had already lost or were at risk of losing a full academic year of presential education, with serious educational impacts, according to the report, Acting now to protect the human capital of our children: The costs of and response to the COVID-19 pandemic impact on the education sector in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Learning poverty, defined as the percentage of 10-year-olds unable to read and understand a simple text, may have grown from 51 percent to 62.5 percent. This could be  equivalent to roughly 7.6 million additional “learning poor” primary education school-age children in the region, representing more than a 20% increase of the current estimates.

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