Photographers across Mexico have been documenting the challenges of distance learning

Sarah Mac Gillivray Corpi, 7, a second-grade student at the Liceo Franco-Mexicano, cries while hugging her dog on her bed after arguing with her parents in the family’s apartment in the Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City in June. (Luis Antonio Rojas)

MEXICO CITY — It began in January.

Schools in China closed for the Lunar New Year holiday. They didn’t reopen.

Then, schools went dark in Europe. The Middle East. Latin America.

During the first half of 2020, 1.5 billion students around the world lost out on education because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Mexico, about 31 million children were affected. Many had struggled to learn even before the pandemic. Around half of Mexican children and adolescents live in poverty, according to UNICEF.

Mexico’s Education Ministry provided a mix of distance-learning options, including classes online or on public television. But only about half of homes have an Internet connection. And

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