US News With Covid-19, on average, a third of the school year has been lost
"The trend is not to loosen the constraint," warns Gabriel Attal
© Copyright 2021, L'Obs Those who hoped to get out of the curfew soon will still have to reach. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal admitted on Sunday February 21, noting the evolution of the Covid-19 epidemic in France, that hopes of loosening health measures were fading. "It goes back a bit" and "the trend is unfortunately not to loosen the constraint," Gabriel Attal told the Grand Jury RTL - LCI - Le Figaro.
The coronavirus, revealing the great inequalities in this world. Children lost an average of 74 days of education around the world each, or nearly a third of a school year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with inequalities that have widened depending on the continent, says the NGO Save the Children on Tuesday. A total of 112 billion school days were lost in 2020, as UNICEF estimates the number of children in the world at 2.2 billion.
At the height of the pandemic, 91% of the world's students were out of school. The children's rights organization analyzed data from 194 countries and different regions. It shows that children living in Latin America, the Caribbean and South Asia missed 110 days of school compared to 38 for children in Western Europe. School was closed the shortest in Oceania.
Is a year at school really a year of lost life?
"A year longer at school is a year of lost life," says the President of the Bavarian Teachers' Association.
The home school widens the gaps
If, and many other countries too, the widened the gaps between wealthy and precarious families, connected by computer or succinctly equipped. Between rich and poor countries. In the United States, one of the richest countries in the world, more than 15 million students from kindergarten to high school did not have sufficient Internet connection for distance education at the start of the pandemic.
And, a little over a year after the World Health Organization officially declared the world a pandemic, "hundreds of millions of children are still out of school", warns in a statement Inger Ashing, CEO of Save the Children. On January 25, Unesco counted 101 countries in which schools were completely open, and more than 800 million schoolchildren, middle and high school students, whose schooling remained affected. Save the Children calls on states to make returning to school a priority, “in the safest way possible, especially girls”. In the poorest areas of the world, out-of-school children are more exposed to the risk of being driven to work, risk of early marriage and other forms of abuse, underlines the NGO.
Covid-19: the European Medicines Agency in favor of antibody treatment
© Martin Meissner, AFP, archives Samples for antibody tests against Covid-19 developed at the German research center DZNE in Bonn , May 18, 2020. The European Agency in charge of drug regulation gave a favorable opinion on Friday for the deployment of antibody treatment from the American company Regeneron. This is the drug that was used to treat, in 2020, former US President Donald Trump.
Last September, Save the Children was already alarmed at the impact of the pandemic on children. Based on anconducted among 25,000 people, including 8,000 children, in 37 countries, the study found that 80% of children said they had learned nothing or little during the closure of schools. . During this time of sanitary confinement at home, two-thirds of the girls had helped more with household chores or spent more time caring for their siblings. Domestic violence reported by children was twice as prevalent when school was closed (17%) than when the child attended class (8%).
More than 700,000 deaths from Covid-19 in Latin America .
© Copyright 2021, L'Obs More than 700,000 deaths from Covid-19 have been officially recorded in Latin America and the Caribbean since the start of the pandemic in December 2019, according to a count made by AFP on Tuesday, March 9 at 1 am GMT from reports provided by the health authorities. The 34 countries of the region total 700,022 deaths (for 22,140,444 reported cases), behind Europe (876,511) and ahead of the United States / Canada (547,986) and Asia (259,925) .