The Impact of COVID-19 (News and Research 200)

 Over Half of Albanian 15-Year-Olds Functionally Illiterate, World Bank Warns Learning Loss to Follow Pandemic (Exit news) | The World Bank foresees significant learning loss in the Western Balkans countries following the coronavirus outbreak, with more students falling back into functional illiteracy and dropping out of school.

Covid-19 will hit developing countries hard | In emerging and developing countries the crisis threatens severe under-funding of important programs. The education of many children may be permanently damaged.


World Bank Sees EM Economies Shrinking for First Time Since 1960 | The global economy will contract the most since World War II this year and emerging nations’ output will shrink for the first time in at least six decades due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reducing incomes and sending millions of people into poverty, the World Bank said.

Emerging economies forecast to shrink for first time in 60 years | Emerging and developing economies will shrink this year for the first time in at least six decades, according to the World Bank, underscoring the mounting economic toll from the coronavirus pandemic as it spreads across the world. The bank’s forecast is that as many as 100m people in the developing world will be tipped into extreme poverty by a projected 2.5 per cent contraction in emerging markets’ gross domestic product, with incomes per capita set to shrink 3.6 per cent globally.

World Bank says coronavirus to shrink 2020 global output by 5.2% | The coronavirus will cause global economic output to contract by 5.2% in 2020, the World Bank said on Monday, warning that its latest forecasts would be revised downward if uncertainty over the pandemic and business lockdowns persist.

World Bank warns Covid-19 pandemic risks dramatic rise in poverty | The coronavirus pandemic has triggered the most widespread global economic meltdown since at least 1870 and risks fuelling a dramatic rise in poverty levels around the globe, the World Bank has warned. In a report the Washington-based organisation said the highest share of countries in 150 years would enter recessions at the same time.


The Results Are In for Remote Learning: It Didn’t Work | The pandemic forced schools into a crash course in online education. Problems piled up quickly. This spring, America took an involuntary crash course in remote learning. With the school year now winding down, the grade from students, teachers, parents and administrators is already in: It was a failure. School districts closed campuses in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic and, with practically no time at all for planning or training, launched a grand experiment to educate more than 50 million students from kindergarten through 12th grade using technology. The problems began piling up almost immediately. There were students with no computers or internet access. Teachers had no experience with remote learning. And many parents weren’t available to help. In many places, lots of students simply didn’t show up online, and administrators had no good way to find out why not. Soon many districts weren’t requiring students to do any work at all, increasing the risk that millions of students would have big gaps in their learning…

School’s out for the summer – and the economic damage is piling up

Kyrgyz Republic to Enhance Quality of Education with World Bank Financing | The Kyrgyz Republic will receive World Bank financing for the Learning for the Future Project in the amount of $50 million, on highly concessional terms.

Dutch Advisory Body Recommends Tackling Education Issues Exacerbated By Pandemic

Scotland To Begin Next School Year Early, With Mix Of Classroom And Distance Learning

World Bank Blogs on Education:

From coping to improving and accelerating: Supporting teachers in the pandemic and beyond

The education (negative) twin shocks, and the opportunity they bring

Reopening schools: When, where and how?

Supporting teachers during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic

Learning equity during the coronavirus: Experiences from Africa