digital divide

News in Brief 13 October 2020

  • COVID impacting health, food and work
  • Digital economy shift 
  • Cash boost for refugees in Iran
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‘Emergency’ for global education, as fewer than half world's students cannot return to school

Classes for more than 450 million students starting the new academic year are expected to be entirely remote – or for some, a mix of distance and in-person learning – the UN education and cultural organization (UNESCO) has said. 

Globally, 1 in 3 children missed out on remote learning when COVID-19 shuttered schools

For at least 463 million children whose schools closed due to COVID-19, “there was no such a thing as remote learning,” the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday, as the agency launched a new report outlining the limitations of remote learning and exposing the deep inequalities in access.  

Bridging Asia-Pacific ‘digital divide’ vital to realize tech benefits

Countries across Asia and the Pacific are using new technologies to contain the global pandemic and mitigate its impact, the UN’s regional socio-economic development arm has said, as governments and experts work together to identify ways to innovate further, and build back better, after COVID-19.