Statista-COVID-19’s Staggering Impact on Global Education

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on global education and according to the latest UNESCO figures, nearly 1.4 billion learners across the world were not able to attend school or university as of March 23, 2020. Today’s newsletter takes a closer look at the data.

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Nationwide closures of educational institutions have now affected 1,379,344,914 students or 80 percent of total global enrolled learners. A further 284 million learners are being impacted in some way by localized school closures, such as those seen in U.S. states like California and Virginia. In total, 138 governments have now ordered country-wide closures of their educational institutions. Read more.

The UNESCO data corresponds to learners enrolled at pre-primary, primary, lower-secondary, and upper-secondary levels of education as well as at tertiary level. The speed and scale of school and university closures represents an unprecedented challenge for the education sector and many institutions are scrambling to develop long-distance learning solutions. Even though remote learning is proving successful in some areas, uncertainty regarding the duration of the crisis is complicating the situation.

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