UN agency reveals impact of school closures during Covid — Analysis
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, school closures can lead to loss of literacy and math skills as well as mental health problems.
The damage to children’s education during the Covid-19 pandemic is hard to offset, with many young people losing out on “basic numeracy and literacy skills”UNICEF reported that schools were closed due to closures.
“Quite simply, we are looking at a nearly insurmountable scale of loss to children’s schooling,”Robert Jenkins, UNICEF’s Chief Education Officer, made the statement in a Monday release.
“While the disruptions to learning must end, just reopening schools is not enough. Students need intensive support to recover lost education,”Jenkins added that schools were the reason Jenkins said so. “must also go beyond places of learning to rebuild children’s mental and physical health, social development and nutrition.”
UNICEF claimed children have “lost basic numeracy and literacy skills”Which they “would have acquired if they had been in the classroom,”It is believed that younger children will be most affected by in-person learning.
From 53% to 70%, the number of 10-year-olds who cannot read and write in countries with low- or middle income increased by 17%.
It is believed that the damage can be widespread and affects children everywhere from Brazil to South Africa, Ethiopia to America.
UNICEF warned further that schools would be closed during the pandemic. “impacted children’s mental health, reduced their access to a regular source of nutrition, and increased their risk of abuse.”
Closures resulted in more than 370 million children not being able to access school meals. This was the most nutritious food available to poor students. “high rates of anxiety and depression” have been recorded among children since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 – with females most affected.
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