Without Back-to-School, It’s Back to Work

With online school largely inaccessible, children in the low- and middle-income countries are being forced into labor—threatening years of progress.
 
Indian elementary and middle schools are closed indefinitely while reopening the economy remains a top priority. Compounding India’s already-significant child labor problem, kids who dreamt of becoming doctors are working as trash-pickers with no masks, gloves, or shoes.
 
The UN has warned that some 24 million kids will drop out of school—and children have the same hunch. “I fear that even if school reopens, I will have to keep doing this, because of the family’s debt,” said Mumtaz, 12, who works on a construction site.
 
The New York Times

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