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Selected online learning experiences in the Caribbean during COVID-19. Policy Brief

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  • NU. CEPAL. Sede Subregional para el Caribe
UN symbol.: LC/CAR/2021/3 8 p. Editorial: ECLAC, Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean May 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread closure of schools and disruption of education systems worldwide, requiring unprecedented adaptation to ensure learning continuity for students. In place of classroom learning, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have been adopted to support online distance learning – with mixed results. While Caribbean governments have piloted a range of online learning modalities, many children in the subregion, especially those from poor and rural households, were not able to leverage those facilities. As a result of a lack of access to the Internet and devices that enable online learning, they lost nearly a year of education. These inequities have laid bare pre-existing barriers to accessing education at all levels in the subregion.