IDB calls on the public and private sectors to act and invest in education to address and exacerbate the local learning crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. More than three years after the COVID-19 pandemic, the costs of continued school closures are proving prohibitive. The consequences may not be apparent in the short term, but they will have a profound impact on many aspects of the lives of future adults and generations to come.
As a result of this interruption of education, we have observed different effects on students such as learning losses, school dropouts, teenage pregnancies, and mental health deterioration. This is what has occurred after two years, so what will happen in a few years if we don’t act now to repair the damage caused by the closure of these schools?
In recent history, natural disasters, epidemics, teacher strikes, wars, and conflicts have affected children’s school attendance. Scholars and researchers have studied its impact and have given us several scenarios that could arise if no action is taken to correct the current trajectory of education. We are assessing the impact of the pandemic on various sectors if we do not address the education crisis.
Four Insights and Predictions about what the Pandemic Left Behind:
1. Loss of learning
2. loss of future earnings
3. drop out of school
4. Reduced social mobility
Investing in Education: Responding to Post-COVID-19 Recovery Are there solutions to avoid these scenarios? The answer is clear.
More than ever, appropriate and timely investments in education must be a fundamental part of any strategy to overcome the health crisis. We must prevent further inequalities in education.