Worldwide, 463 million children can’t access virtual schooling — U.N.

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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread school closures, at least one-third of students affected around the world lack access to virtual education, according to a United Nations (U.N.) study released Wednesday.

In all, an estimated 463 million children lack the equipment or electronic access to pursue distance learning, said the report from the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

“The sheer number of children whose education was completely disrupted for months on end is a global education emergency,” Henrietta Fore, executive director of UNICEF, said in a statement.

“The repercussions could be felt in economies and societies for decades to come,” she said.

The U.N estimates …

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