UNICEF: 463 million children missing out on distance learning during COVID-19

The data on the availability of home-based remote learning technology and tools for children from pre-primary to upper-secondary levels collected from 100 countries shows inequalities across regions and within countries. The report finds that schoolchildren in sub-Saharan Africa have been the worst affected, with half of all students not having access to remote learning. Globally, 72% of students unable to access remote learning come from their countries’ poorest households. The UN agency urges governments to address these issues by a) compensating for lost instructional time with school continuity and reopening plans; b) expanding access to all models of education, especially for marginalised students; and c) adapting education systems to withstand future crises.