World Bank, UNESCO, FCDO, USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Article on COVID-19-related school closures and other disruptions have sharply increased learning poverty, a measure of children unable to read and understand a simple passage by age 10. In the midst of the worst shock to education and learning in a century, global learning poverty is at crisis levels. New data presented in the report confirms that learning poverty was very high just before the pandemic hit. Since then, COVID-19 has sharply increased learning poverty, with COVID-driven school disruptions exacerbating the severe pre-pandemic learning crisis. The new RAPID framework provides a menu of options for countries to use to recover and accelerate learning.
- COVID-19 Pandemic
- High-Income Countries (HICs)
- Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)
- Adolescents (boys and/or girls 10-19 years old)
- Children (boys and/or girls 1-10 years old)