UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

01/25/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2021 03:12

UNESCO figures show Two thirds of an academic year lost on average worldwide due to Covid-19 closures UNESCO

The map shows that globally, schools were fully closed for an average of 3.5 months (14 weeks) since the onset of the pandemic. This figure rises to 5.5 months (22 weeks) - equivalent to two-thirds of an academic year - when localized school closures are taken into account.

The duration of closures varies greatly by region, from as many as 5 months (20 weeks) of complete nation-wide closures on average in Latin America and the Caribbean countries, to 2.5 months (10 weeks) in Europe, and just one month in Oceania.

Similar regional variations are observed when accounting for localized closures: The duration of complete and localized closures exceeded seven months (29 weeks) on average in Latin America and the Caribbean compared to the global average of 5.5 months (22 weeks).

Governments have endeavoured to minimize country-wide closures - down from 190 countries at the peak in April 2020 to 30 countries now -in favour of partial and/or local closures. Schools are now fully open in 101 countries.