COVID-19 spurs big changes in Pakistan’s education

 

worldbank_teleschool_artwork_-_copyPakistan’s schools are reopening again today after a nearly uninterrupted 11-month hiatus.  In March 2020, the Government of Pakistan closed all schools as part of a nationwide lockdown, prompting the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training (MoFE&PT) to seek education alternatives to ensure learning continuity.

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Realizing the returns to schooling: How COVID-19 and school closures are threatening women’s economic future

COVID-19 is threatening the gains being made in girls’ education. Urgent action is needed to sierraleoneensure that girls and women can realize the returns to their schooling. 

Returns to schooling for women are high – so says Bono and the research. A couple of years ago, in an essay in Time magazine Bono wrote: “Give girls just one additional year of schooling and their wages go up almost 12 percent.” He said the same thing a year before that at the Munich Security Conference. The source of that quote was a 2014 World Bank paper and a recent update confirms this is still the case. At the same time, girls are staying in school longer and learning more. However, these gains are at risk as COVID-19 is presenting a crisis within a crisis for girls’ education.

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Prevent the next food crisis now

 
 

The toxic cocktail of climate change, conflict, and COVID-19 is making itself felt most intensely 20200520_indonesia_covid19_15_1in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries.  As a result, a record 235 million people worldwide will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2021 – an increase of 40% from last year.

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COVID-19 response: Where we stand now, and the road ahead

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The world is now a full year into the COVID-19 pandemic—both the health emergency and the global economic crisis it has generated. Its impacts have touched every person in every country, causing illness and death, disrupting livelihoods, and potentially pushing an estimated 150 million more people into extreme poverty around the globe by the end of 2021. And while the rapid development of vaccines offers all of us some hope, we know that the pandemic will continue to dominate our lives in 2021.  

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COVID-19 is hitting poor countries the hardest. Here’s how World Bank’s IDA is stepping up support

A year ago, before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, I was optimistic about the trends in global ida_covidpoverty: extreme poverty rates had been steadily declining for more than two decades. Although considerable challenges like debt still loomed large for the poorest countries, the positive trajectory in the fight against poverty brought great hope for a better future—a future I still believe in.

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COVID crisis is fueling food price rises for world’s poorest

Over the last year, COVID-19 has undone the economic, health and food security of millions, 14114340279_c7363a7eb7_kpushing as many as 150 million people into extreme poverty. While the health and economic impacts of the pandemic have been devastating, the rise in hunger has been one of its most tangible symptoms. 

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COVID-19 vaccines – A path for recovering human capital

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a global health emergency and an unprecedented Nigeria. Photo © Dominic Chavez The Global Financing Facility_0 (1) sizedeconomic crisis. In addition to the loss of life and productivity directly attributable to COVID-19, the pandemic poses risks to human capital through several other pathways,  key among which is the disruption in the provision of essential primary health, education, and community services. 

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Webinar: Global Economy: Reversing the Scars of COVID-19

 

World Bank Live Presents : The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions in the global economy that could have  lasting adverse effects. If history is any guide, the global economy is heading for a decade of growth disappointments. Uncertainty about the post-pandemic economic landscape and policies has discouraged investment; disruptions to education have slowed human capital accumulation; concerns about the viability of global value chains and the course of the pandemic have weighed on trade and tourism.

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Supporting a Green, Resilient and Inclusive Recovery on West Africa’s Coast

 

In Gbekon, Benin, summers come with flooding from the Mono River. Erosion of the nearby supporting-green-resilient-and-inclusive-recovery-west-africas-coast-1140x500coast, along with more unpredictable rainfall, have made these floods worse over time. Each flood cuts access to the only road connecting people to farms, jobs, and public health services and put thousands of lives and livelihoods at risk. In 2020, the World Bank-financed West Africa Coastal Areas Program (WACA) built dikes and instituted other measures to manage river flows and prevent flooding, with the result  that more than 3,600 households were less exposed to coastal erosion and flooding.

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