The Future of Society at Risk with Increased Out-of-School Children

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The effects of the coronavirus is beyond the increasingly high number of infected cases and deaths. Many global issues are beginning to open up and even worsen due to the pandemic. While some of these issues are unfolding naturally, some others are from the actions taken to manage the scourge.

On the one hand, technology is the major resort to move on, as people are now able to work and school from home. On the other hand however, technology is deepening poverty gap as those with no access to technology or internet are left behind.

Children particularly are the worst hit in discussions like this. Although the effect may hit the future of children directly, the development, safety and future of the society is definitely at risk on the long run.

As you work and school from home, think about children with no access to technology.

Future of children at risk from pandemic

Although elderly persons are more prone to contracting the virus now, children are among the hardest hit of the coronavirus effect.

In less-developed areas, children are exposed to insecurity, child labour and sexual abuse. UNICEF estimates that 1 in 10 girls have been raped or sexually abused in West and Central Africa. Sadly, these figures may increase as schools have been shut due to the pandemic.


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Unfortunately, as more children are out of school, the risk of street begging and illiteracy will definitely increase. ILO and UNICEF estimate that Africa has 30 million street children.

Since school seems unpromising, these figures are likely to go up with extended out of school periods. The future and safety of many children in less-developed areas is at great risk.

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Pandemic is revoking efforts to lessen illiteracy

Child literacy is among many disturbing issues in Africa. Particularly, it accounts for more than half of the world’s out-of-school children.

Poverty, culture and bad governance are reasons why many parents stop their children from schooling. Some of the few parents who allow their children in schools are literally begged to do so. The pandemic had made this situation worse as only children in developed areas can access school, particularly, those with access to technology and internet.

As far as the world is concerned, children are back to school from home. Sadly, this is only possible for children with access to technology and internet. In Africa, technology is far-fetched as electricity still remains a serious problem with around 600 million people unable to access electricity according to World Bank.

Many organizations and movements have and still make attempts to reduce the level of illiteracy with efforts to provide education to as many children as possible. With the pandemic however, these efforts are revoking. The center of these efforts are these same children who have no access to technology and internet.

Organizations would have taken to physical mobilization for informal learning but with restricted movement, its almost impossible.

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Society itself is at risk

Although the effect seems directly on these children, the society itself is at risk. Out-of-school children are at the risk of street begging. Specifically, girls are likely to marry early as schooling no longer delays them. Older children however, may indulge in occult and criminal activities. Meanwhile, all these issues are likely to lessen if these children are busy in schools.

The continuity of these issues however is threatening to the development rate, safety and image of the society.

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Let’s include out-of-school children

Although, children in less developed areas have no access to technology and internet, they still have right to education. While technology is helpful to move on, it is definitely not in favour of children in less developed areas.

These children are future leaders and so should not be left behind. As the world moves on gradually, out-of-school children should be included.

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