The pandemic continues to rage in many parts of the world with some countries getting ready for the third and the fourth waves. For a virus that does not discriminate between the developed and the developing world or the rich and the poor, it has also claimed a debilitating toll globally, economic and social. While some governments are scrambling to get the economies back on track some others are still wondering how more loss is in store for a scourge that no one for sure know when it is going to end.
Economically there is not a single sector in the world that has not been affected; and the bottom line to all has been loss of revenue and hence unemployment. The pandemic has a continued debilitating impact on education where from elementary schools to colleges and universities have been shut down or starting to partially function in some developed nations like the United States. International agencies have estimated that more than 1.6 billion children were out of school and many of them are not likely to return. Of those who are able to get back to school, more than 50 per cent will not get the requisite education needed for literacy.