Education and the pandemic

December 2021

Around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many people to move aspects of their lives into the digital space.

Education has been among the most profoundly affected areas, as schools closed and classes moved online as part of efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Many Latin American students and teachers have been unable to adapt to remote learning. School closures exposed the gap, known as the digital divide, between those who are better connected - generally wealthier, urban populations - and those who aren’t - more likely disadvantaged, rural populations. The effects of this lack of connectivity were worsened by the lack of integration of digital tools in the education system in many countries, where authorities have scrambled to build distance learning programs from scratch. A lack of digital skills among both teachers and students has left many struggling to make use of the tools which have been made available.

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