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Time to Reimagine The Purpose of Education

Time to Reimagine The Purpose of Education

Column, Education
This is a universal crisis and, for some children, the impact will be lifelong.-UNICEF With the COVID-19 pandemic onslaught across the globe, the closure of schools continues to ensure tremendous learning loss across the world. The UNESCO states that the education of nearly 1.6 billion pupils in 190 countries has so far been affected – which means roughly around 90% of the world’s school-age children! A recent World Bank report estimates that sans any drastic remedial action, there could be losses of $10 trillion in earnings overtime for this present generation of students. The report also stated that the impact of the pandemic could lead to countries being driven away from achieving their learning poverty goals. Closer home, the report states that South Asia alone could have close to 5...