Most Government’s failure to plan for unexpected exigencies in the educational sector globally worsens situations of poor children from poor homes who suffered the most setback during the covid-19 pandemic.
This is the outcome of a six months’ study released by Save the Children International (SCI) which also revealed that most poor children from poor homes not only missed out on access to education, healthcare and food but equally suffered the greatest protection risk as they face more violence at home.
As if these are not enough, the effect of the covid-19 pandemic is now more than before, widening the gap between the rich and poor as well as boys and girls the report revealed.
The SCI conducted the largest global survey of its kind among some 25,000 children and adults on the impact of the pandemic and its survey outcome recently released, showed that it is the most vulnerable children from less privileged homes that actually missed out of School.
The global survey revealed that about two thirds or a little above 8000 children and adults of the 25,000 had no contact with teachers at all during the lockdown while eight out of ten said they learnt little or nothing since Schools closed.
The survey also showed that about nine of every ten (93%) households lost over half of their income and reported difficulties in accessing healthcare services.
Save the Children actually interviewed 8,069 children between 11 and 17 years old and 17,565 adults across 37 countries and all were beneficiaries of Save the Children.
Most of the interviewed children were in Asia (45%), followed by East and southern Africa (20%), Latin America (14%), the Middle East (10%) and West and Central Africa (8%). The surveys were done online and over the phone.
Findings from the survey indicated that violent situations doubled at home after Schools closed down a rise from 8% to 17% incidences.
Similarly, most of the house chores were done by the girls more than the boys representing 63% of girls compared to 43% of boys.
Consequently, The SCI advised that governments need to invest more in education, health and nutrition and make child protection, mental health services and safety nets priority in all the education systems.