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22 May 2020

Can books lessen the impact of COVID-19 on learners?

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

Research published by The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) shows that while everybody will experience learning losses, the educational outcomes for the poor will be worse. This is because e-learning, which many have adopted in response to the need for social distancing, has worsened the education gap for low-income households.

Wealthier households have access to more resources, such as internet connectivity and online-learning tools, which is in stark contrast to poorer households where many children do not have digital devices, stable connectivity, nor access to online-based learning resources, and lack basic services like electricity and sanitation.

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Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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