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Learning Poverty in the Time of COVID-19 : A Crisis Within a Crisis (English)

This brief summarizes the results of simulations estimating the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in learning poverty. Of 720 million primary school age children, 382 million are learning poor, either out of school or below the minimum proficiency level in reading. COVID-19 could boost that number by an additional 72 million to 454 million. In a post-COVID-19 scenario of no remediation and low mitigation effectiveness for the effects of school closures, simulations show learning poverty increasing from 53 percent of primary-school-age children to 63 percent.


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    Azevedo,Joao Pedro Wagner De

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    Learning Poverty in the Time of COVID-19 : A Crisis Within a Crisis

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Azevedo,Joao Pedro Wagner De

Learning Poverty in the Time of COVID-19 : A Crisis Within a Crisis (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.