At least 200 million children worldwide live in places where distance education cannot be provided.
A report published by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) states that there are at least 200 million children in 31 low- and middle-income countries who do not have access to distance education.
According to the analysis of the UN Online Education Preparation Index, 31 of the 67 countries assessed, mainly in West and Central Africa, can not offer distance education in cases where face-to-face education cannot be provided, while 17 countries are able to provide medium access.
UNICEF stressed that preschool education is the most neglected education group and many countries did not implement appropriate policies during the new coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
The report says Benin, Burundi, Ivory Coast, Congo, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria and Togo are among the countries most in need of development in the education sector.
“We are working hard to harness the power of technology and provide educational opportunities for all children and young people,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, in a statement.
The report says that there are no equal opportunities to get involved in distance education and that in some countries there is no other education system to replace face-to-face education.
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