Education in a pandemic: five messages that Australia’s aid program could consider now – Governance and Development Soapbox

After much debate in the media about whether it is safe for the community, teachers and children themselves to continue going to school,[1] the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria in Australia are going ahead with student-free schooling. Whilst the symptoms and deaths of children from COVID-19 have been lower in comparison to other ages groups affected, how the virus affects children is still unclear,[2] and the global community continues to monitor the situation carefully over the next months. However, we need to not only prepare for worst-case-scenarios medically, but also for significant disruptions in education.

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