With Schools Reopening, Latin America Surveys the Damage

By Mercedes Mateo-Berganza

A new study tracks the punishing effect of pandemic closures on Latin American children and youth.

As schools gradually reopen around the world, two questions are at the front of educators’ minds: How much ground did students lose during more than 20 months of pandemic-imposed closures, and how can policymakers close the learning gap In Latin America and the Caribbean, both questions are just starting to be answered. Schools in the region were closed for an average of 231 days prior to October 2021, longer than any other part of the world. Teachers and parents made heroic efforts to ensure that students still received some level of learning. Education ministries broadcast lessons on...

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