10 Ways the Covid Response Harmed Society

Episode 5 Education and learning loss – 10 Ways the Covid Response Harmed Society

Global learning poverty increased by 13% between 2019 and 2022 according to UNICEF (especially in South Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean), erasing all gains in the education sector since 2000. Between one to one-half of a school year was lost globally in 2020. Large dropout rates have been reported in many countries. An early estimate that 24 million more students would drop out of school has not been validated. UNICEF has estimated that the current generation of students may lose upwards of $21 trillion in earnings during their lifetime due to school closures.

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About the Author

Kevin Bardosh is the Director of Collateral Global, a UK-based charity dedicated to researching the global impacts of Covid-19 policy responses and helping the world better balance societal trade-offs during future health emergencies. He has worked in more than 20 countries on infectious disease control programs (including Ebola and Zika), authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and edited two books. He is currently an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Washington USA and an Honorary Lecturer at the Edinburgh Medical School, University of Edinburgh UK.

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