Published on: November 22, 2021
GENDER EQUALITY – SCHOOL CLOSURE – REPORT
By : UNESCO
- Educational disruption due to prolonged closure of schools across the globe will not only have alarming effects on learning loss but also poses threat to gender equality
- At the peak of the pandemic, 1.6 billion students in 190 countries were affected by school closures.
- Not only did they lose access to education, but also to the myriad benefits of attending school, at an unparalleled scale
- Drawing on evidence from about 90 countries and in-depth data collected in local communities, the report shows that gender norms and expectations can affect the ability to participate in and benefit from remote learning.
- Girls’ time to learn was constrained by increased household chores. Boys’ participation in learning was limited by income-generating activities.
- Girls faced difficulties in engaging in digital remote learning modalities in many contexts because of limited access to Internet-enabled devices, a lack of digital skills and cultural norms restricting their use of technological devices