One Year Later: The Pandemic’s Uneven Toll on Latin American Education

By Fernando M. Reimers

A year after AQ’s education issue, the COVID crisis has magnified learning inequality in the region.

This article is adapted from AQ’s special report on Uruguay While there is awareness of the educational loss caused by the pandemic in Latin America, what was also lost was the opportunity to learn from the crisis. Much of the region’s progress in improving access to school over the last decade was undermined by the pandemic. The crisis robbed many students of the opportunity to learn, while also causing them to lose skills they had already gained, pushing some children out of school. The direct public health impact of COVID-19, its toll on human lives and the indirect...

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