Generation Lockdown Schoolchildren Around the World Face a Steep Uphill Battle

Hundreds of millions of children around the world have been unable to attend school for months because of the pandemic. More than 24 million may never return. The future of an entire generation is at stake.
Children in a Kenyan slum: Around the world, school closures are dimming the future prospects of today's students.

Children in a Kenyan slum: Around the world, school closures are dimming the future prospects of today's students.

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DER SPIEGEL 9/2021
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At home with the Pereira Bernardo Ferreira in Rio de Janeiro: Sisters Deborah and Esther are trying to keep up even with their school closed.

At home with the Pereira Bernardo Ferreira in Rio de Janeiro: Sisters Deborah and Esther are trying to keep up even with their school closed.

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The Pereira Bernardo Ferreira family in front of their home in a Rio de Janeiro favela

The Pereira Bernardo Ferreira family in front of their home in a Rio de Janeiro favela

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Mechanic Salman Pasha in India: "My parents always told me: If you work hard, you'll get somewhere."

Mechanic Salman Pasha in India: "My parents always told me: If you work hard, you'll get somewhere."

Foto: Mahesh Shantaram / DER SPIEGEL
An Indian family in the Tumakuru District, located in the state of Karnataka: Often, a family's immediate needs take precedence over education.

An Indian family in the Tumakuru District, located in the state of Karnataka: Often, a family's immediate needs take precedence over education.

Foto: Mahesh Shantaram / DER SPIEGEL
The twins Esther and Deborah in Brazil: Nobody knows when schooling will return to normal.

The twins Esther and Deborah in Brazil: Nobody knows when schooling will return to normal.

Foto: Evgeny Makarov / DER SPIEGEL
A slum in Nairobi, Kenya: Around the world, millions of children have no longer been able to benefit from school meals since the coronavirus lockdowns.

A slum in Nairobi, Kenya: Around the world, millions of children have no longer been able to benefit from school meals since the coronavirus lockdowns.

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