Number of the week

Latin America’s education woes to deepen in 2021

80 percent of students in Latin America are being kept away from school due to the pandemic, deepening existing inequality in the region

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School in the Peruvian Amazon. Photo: Nowaczyk/Shutterstock

Welcome to “Number of the Week,” where we choose a single figure that helps us understand what is going on in Brazil. For this week’s number, we look at Latin America’s education gap, and how it is set to deepen inequality this year:

114 million students without in-person classes

Access to education has always been a challenge in Latin America, and the pandemic only made matters worse. Unicef published a report this week showing that over 114 million students in Latin America and the Caribbean — 80 percent of the total — are still prevented from attending...

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