More than 3 years after the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, it is hard to extract positive lessons amid the devastation caused by the virus on people’s health, well-being and on countries’ economies.
The dire situation was new to everyone. Soon countries understood that leaving children at home for long periods without any sort of instruction or access to learning would be highly detrimental not just to their schooling but also their mental health.
In Guyana, the pandemic closed schools around the country for about 18 months, leaving more than 208,000 children without access to their classrooms. In remote regions, some schools stayed open, operating on a rotating schedule with fewer children in the classroom.