At the worst of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, more than 1.5 billion children were in need of online schooling, with more than 90% of the world’s enrolled students forced out of school. Extended school closures can have both short and long-term consequences, including hurting student achievements and hampering future economic opportunities.
In response to school closures, some African entrepreneurs and educators have developed distance learning as a solution, joining young leaders across the world who have stepped up to provide innovative technological solutions in distance education and online learning. However, the demand for remote learning has also exposed stark digital divides within countries; most children and youth in low- and middle-income countries lack access to high-speed broadband or digital devices and are further at risk of being left behind.
About the series
The World Bank and the Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA) are partnering to organize regular roundtables on development topics. Their purpose is to allow dialogue among Africa’s youth, and prepare some youth-grown solutions to influence policymaking in Africa.
After two roundtables successfully held, the first on April 18, 2020 – on trusted information sources on COVID-19 for youth- and the second on June 13, 2020 – on the Economic Impacts of COVID-19 and World Bank Support to Africa. This third roundtable will focus on distance learning as a solution for education in Africa in the COVID-19 context.
For this third roundtable on World Youth Skills Day, the World Bank Africa Region and the Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA) will be joined by the World Bank Digital Development department. They will explore the opportunities and constraints of distance learning from the perspective of Africans involved in online/distance learning.