'Years Don't Wait for Them': Increased Inequalities in Children's Right to Education Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Summary: "Children, who tend to escape the more severe symptoms of Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019], nevertheless had to sacrifice the education to which they are entitled, and accept restrictions that often harmed their friendships and mental health, as part of public efforts to help protect the health and save lives of their families, friends, teachers, and those in their communities. [...] As the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines brings hope of an eventual end to pandemic-related school closures, the aspiration that things merely 'return to how they were before' is insufficient. As a primary school teacher in an under-resourced neighborhood of Santiago, Chile, said: 'The social issue is the real pandemic: inequality.' This massive disruption to children's education has highlighted the need for governments to devote serious attention and resources to ameliorate, mitigate, and correct the longstanding inequalities in education systems that have been highlighted and exacerbated during the pandemic. Governments should reverse policies that generate those inequalities, which include persistent under-investment in public education."

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