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Latin America’s Covid Crisis Is Leaving Schoolchildren Behind

The region was making educational progress until the pandemic. Now it leads the world in the length of classroom closures.

Eduardo Mondragón Salgado logging on for a remote lesson on June 17.

Eduardo Mondragón Salgado logging on for a remote lesson on June 17.

Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg

Judith Caballero Cruz has lost two close family members to Covid-19 this year. Now she fears the pandemic could take away something else: her children’s future.

For the mother of two in Mexico City, the academic year that just finished was an unrelenting struggle—as it was for families all over the world. Parents and children have had it especially tough in Latin America, which has recorded the longest school closures of any region. By mid-June only eight countries—mostly small Caribbean islands—had managed to fully reopen their schools.