The Hidden Impact of Covid-19 on Children on Children's Education (A Global Research Series)

COVID-19 has spread rapidly within and between countries across the globe. Governments worldwide have implemented measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, including school closures, home isolation/quarantine and community lockdown, all of which have had secondary impacts on children and their households. Save the Children launched a global research study to generate rigorous evidence on how the COVID-19 pandemic and measures implemented to mitigate it are impacting children’s health, nutrition, learning, wellbeing, protection, family finances and poverty and to identify children’s and their families’ needs during these times. The research also captures children’s views and messages for leaders and other children.

The results presented in this report focus on implications for children’s education. The research presents differences in impacts on and needs of children by region, age, gender, disability, minority group, indicators of poverty and more.

Key Findings
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related school closures on education provision, learning and wellbeing are severe for most children. Responses to this survey show the most vulnerable and marginalised groups of children have been particularly affected — especially children with disabilities, children from displaced families, children from poorer households, children in larger households and children in households with only female adults.

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