The United Nations recently reported that 166 countries closed schools and universities to limit the spread of the corona-virus. One and a half billion children and young people are affected, representing 87 percent of the enrolled population.
What considerations do disruption on this scale raise? Are there ways to mitigate the effects of protracted school closures?
The corona-virus crisis is a deep and sudden shock, but it is unlikely to be the last. Governments should not lose sight of the long-game: ensuring that all children and young people in low- and middle-income countries are educated. To build a healthy, prosperous, and secure future, let’s ensure school systems are adequately financed, make smart use of technology, and protect teachers.