Progress on Lao kids’ health, education at riskPhnom Penh Post

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Students study in a primary school in Lao PDR. The impact of coronavirus could setback Lao’s children’s development. WB

The Covid-19 pandemic threatens hard-won gains in the health and education of Lao children, who could lose half a year of schooling on average, a new World Bank Group analysis has found.

The analysis shows that pre-pandemic Laos and most nations around the world had made steady progress in building the human capital of children, with the biggest strides made in low-income countries.

Due to the pandemic’s impact, more than one billion children globally, have been out of school and could lose, on average, half a year of schooling.

For Laos, the figure is 46 per cent, reflecting difficulties in providing health and education services, with the measles vaccination coverage dropping from 83 per cent to 40 per cent from the end of last year to May this year.

In Laos,

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Covid pandemic poses risk to decade of progress in health, education: WHO

A decade of growth of the Human Capital index, defined by improvements in health, education and child survival rates, faces an unprecedented threat from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic unless nations begin developing long-term protections during and after the crisis ends, the World Bank said on Wednesday.

“The economic impact of the pandemic has been particularly deep for women and the most disadvantaged families, leaving many vulnerable to food insecurity and poverty,” World Bank President David Malpass said in a press release introducing the report. “Protecting and investing in people is vital as countries work to lay the foundation for sustainable, inclusive recoveries, and future growth.”

The report features the World Bank’s 2020 Human Capital Index, a synthesis of health and education data for 174 countries that cover 98 per cent of the world’s population up to March 2020, the release said.

“The analysis shows that pre-pandemic, most countries had

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World Bank: Pandemic jeopardises progress on children’s health, education in Laos

VIENTIANE, Sept 25 (The Vientiane Times/ANN): The Covid-19 pandemic threatens hard-won gains in the health and education of Lao children, who could lose half a year of schooling on average, a new World Bank Group analysis has found.

The analysis shows that pre-pandemic Laos and most nations around the world had made steady progress in building the human capital of children, with the biggest strides made in low-income countries.

Due to the pandemic’s impact, more than 1 billion children globally, have been out of school and could lose, on average, half a year of schooling.

For Laos, the figure is 46 per cent, reflecting difficulties providing health and education services, with the measles vaccination coverage dropping from 83 per cent to 40 per cent from the end of 2019 to May 2020.

In Laos, girls have a higher human capital outcome than boys in six of the seven indicators.

However,

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After six months of remote learning, tech for students still a work in progress, limited by funding | Education

The shift to remote learning over a weekend in March meant Manchester had to make sure every student had a computer to use for schoolwork.

Six months later, it’s still a work in progress, said Stephen Cross, the school district’s chief information officer.

At the beginning of 2020, Manchester was a “two-to-one” district — two students to one computer, he said. Cross had replaced thousands of outdated laptops before the pandemic and has purchased thousands more, but some students are still waiting.

“We have 3,100 Chromebooks on order, and we have no idea when we’re going to get those,” he said. 

Some schools had a surplus of Chromebooks, so Cross engineered a way to loan some of those schools’ devices to other schools.

“That’s how we’ve been getting devices into the hands of families, moving things around,” Cross said. “We had to scrounge. It was ‘do whatever we can,’ to

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