POSTED April 27, 2021
Tens of millions still out of the classroom in Latin America and the Caribbean
How we’re helping address the current absence of traditional education in Latin America
Nearly 115-million students in Latin America and the Caribbean have lost access to partial or complete in-person learning during the pandemic.
“Nowhere else in the world so many children are currently left without face-to-face schooling,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean in a press release last month. “This is the worst education crisis Latin America and the Caribbean has ever faced in its modern history.
Government and non-profit agencies like UNICEF and Children Believe are working hard to keep children learning. There are many ways to keep the mind engaged.
The United Nations recently highlighted the importance of encouraging reading. “It is the power of books that we all need right now, as we are reminded of the fundamental importance of literature — as well as the arts — in our lives,” said Audrey Azoulay, director general for UNESCO.
Of course, the international development world is also joining to provide direct support. Children Believe is working within the region, in Nicaragua and Paraguay.
We’ve provided school supplies for children and teachers, virtual learning training and learning in subjects, such as math. We’re also working with local partners to ensure schools are equipped with handwashing stations and personal hygiene items so children can return to in-person school safety.
ABOUT CHILDREN BELIEVE (formerly Christian Children's Fund of Canada):
Children Believe works globally to empower children to dream fearlessly, stand up for what they believe in — and be heard. For 60 years, we’ve brought together brave young dreamers, caring supporters and partners, and unabashed idealists. Together, we’re driven by a common belief: creating access to education — inside and outside of classrooms — is the most powerful tool children can use to change their world.
About ChildFund Alliance:
A member of ChildFund Alliance, Children Believe is part of a global network of 12 child-focused development organizations working to create opportunities for children and youth, their families and communities. ChildFund helps nearly 23-million children and their families in more than 70 countries overcome poverty and underlying conditions that prevent children from achieving their full potential. We work to end violence against children; provide expertise in emergencies and disasters to ease the harmful impact on children and their communities; and engage children and youth to create lasting change and elevate their voices in decisions that affect their lives.