With an estimated 1.6 billion students being impacted by the pandemic, COVID-19 has disrupted education and posed new learning challenges around the world. The transition to digital-based learning has shed a glaring light on inequalities surrounding internet access, exacerbating a preexisting digital divide in low-income and under-resourced communities. This population of students is experiencing learning loss in reading and math, and is predicted to suffer an academic achievement gap for years to come. Minoritized communities, displaced peoples, and students with special needs are especially struggling with access to education during this crisis. Due to isolation protocols, lack of in-person interactions, and the disruption of daily routines, the mental health of students globally has taken a devastating toll, making focus and motivation additional challenges for many students.
WORLD BANK DATA
This map shows the status of schools around the globe. There are 733,008,697 students in countries with fully closed schools due to the pandemic, and 139,084,446 students in countries with partially closed schools. This data shows the status of school from 10/16/2020
UN WOMEN DATA
This visual shows the impact that COVID has had on the education of children and youth. 89% of the worlds student population is out of school. 267 million young people are being classified as NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) because of the pandemic and the loss of access to education.