The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the gender gap that girls face in getting access to mobile phones, which are now often essential to accessing education.
Nawal Mdallaly, the founder of an organization that works with Syrian refugees in Lebanon, describes how Covid-19 has intensified the difficult situation that young Syrian girls face in that country.
In Somalia, Sudan, and regions of Ethiopia that host refugees from those countries, girls face a harsh life that often keeps them out of schools. The pandemic has made things worse.
The pandemic is just one additional obstacle that is preventing girls from getting an education in a country with a chaotic and conflict-ridden recent history.
The Ebola epidemic’s effects on education for girls in two African countries may help aid workers predict the effects of the current coronavirus pandemic in Arab countries today.
The number of refugee girls in the Middle East able to complete school and advance to higher education is certain to drop sharply, those who track the issue say.
The explosion risks ending hope for Lebanese young people.
Covid-19 has made jobs for refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and other Arab countries even scarcer than before. That’s likely to increase child labor and make schooling a luxury, researchers say.
A new report details the ways in which government policies and on-the-ground practices exclude some children—because of gender, disabilities, and many other reasons—from schools.