Covid-19 pandemic causing 'nearly insurmountable' education losses globally: Unicef

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Covid-19 pandemic causing 'nearly insurmountable' education losses globally: Unicef

https://str.sg/wARhNEW YORK (AFP) - School closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic have caused"nearly insurmountable" losses in education among children around the world, Unicef said on Monday (Jan 24).More than 616 million students are still being affected by full or partial school closures, the UN children's agency said.

In many countries, in addition to depriving millions of children of the chance to acquire basic skills, these disruptions have affected students' mental health, put them at greater risk of abuse and prevented many from having access to"a regular source of nutrition," Unicef added.

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sg/wARh NEW YORK (AFP) - School closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic have caused"nearly insurmountable" losses in education among children around the world, Unicef said on Monday (Jan 24). More than 616 million students are still being affected by full or partial school closures, the UN children's agency said. Once the current surge of Omicron currently sweeping across Europe subsides,"there will be for quite some weeks and months a global immunity, either thanks to the vaccine or because people have immunity due to the infection, and also lowering seasonality". In many countries, in addition to depriving millions of children of the chance to acquire basic skills, these disruptions have affected students' mental health, put them at greater risk of abuse and prevented many from having access to"a regular source of nutrition," Unicef added. And as more people contracted COVID-19 and got vaccinated, research and discussions revolved around the impact of the virus on aspects of a woman’s health, including pregnancy, fertility, menstruation and mental health. "Quite simply, we are looking at a nearly insurmountable scale of loss to children's schooling," said Unicef Chief of Education Robert Jenkins in a statement, almost two years into the pandemic. Top US scientist Anthony Fauci expressed similar optimism on Sunday. And"just re-opening schools is not enough," he added, calling for"intensive support to recover lost education.9 million COVID-19 cases and close to 18,500 deaths.

" Unicef reported that"learning losses to school closures have left up to 70 per cent of 10-year-olds unable to read or understand a simple text, up from 53 per cent pre-pandemic" in countries with low and middle income. While cautioning against over confidence, he said that if the recent fall in case numbers in areas like the US's northeast continues"I believe that you will start to see a turnaround throughout the entire country". SOCIAL EGG FREEZING Should women be allowed to freeze their eggs until they are ready to have children? This issue will likely be widely discussed in 2022, with the Government expected to address it in its White Paper slated for release in coming months. In Ethiopia, for example, children learned only"between 30 to 40 per cent of the math they would have learned if it had been a normal school year" in primary school, the UN agency estimated. Rich countries are far from being spared. The Omicron variant, which studies have shown is more contagious than Delta but generally leads to less severe infection among vaccinated people, has raised long-awaited hopes that COVID-19 is starting to shift from a pandemic to a more manageable endemic illness like seasonal flu. In the United States, learning losses have been observed in several states, including Texas, California and Maryland, said Unicef. Egg freezing is a form of "fertility preservation" for women who want to delay child-bearing, said KKH doctors. School dropouts are also a problem: in South Africa, between 400,000 and 500,000 students"reportedly dropped out of school altogether between March 2020 and July 2021. "There is a lot of talk about endemic but endemic means . They also tend to follow the rules," said Professor Yoshiaki Katsuda of Kansai University of Social Welfare in Osaka.

" Finally, in addition to rising levels of anxiety and depression among children and young people linked to the pandemic, school closures also meant more than 370 million children around the world did not get school meals,"losing what is for some children the only reliable source of food and daily nutrition." More On This Topic .. But egg freezing is also a form of “fertility preservation” for women who want to delay child-bearing, said the HELMS team.