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The Right to Education and ICT during COVID-19: An International Perspective

Department of Comparative Education and History of Education, Universidad de Valencia, 46010 Valencia, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(21), 9091; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12219091
Received: 13 October 2020 / Revised: 29 October 2020 / Accepted: 30 October 2020 / Published: 31 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue ICT and Sustainable Education)
There is a lack of concluding evidence among epidemiologists and public health specialists about how school closures reduce the spread of COVID-19. Herein, we attend to the generalization of this action throughout the world, specifically in its quest to reduce mortality and avoid infections. Considering the impact on the right to education from a global perspective, this article discusses how COVID-19 has exacerbated inequalities and pre-existing problems in education systems around the world. Therefore, the institutional responses to guaranteeing remote continuity of the teaching–learning process during this educational crisis was compared regionally through international databases. Three categories of analysis were established: infrastructure and equipment, both basic and computer-based, as well as internet access of schools; preparation and means of teachers to develop distance learning; and implemented measures and resources to continue educational processes. The results showed an uneven capacity in terms of response and preparation to face the learning losses derived from school closure, both in low-income regions and within middle- and high-income countries. We concluded that it is essential to articulate inclusive educational policies that support strengthening the government response capacity, especially in low-income countries, to address the sustainability of education. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; right to education; ICTs in education; SDG4; comparative education COVID-19; right to education; ICTs in education; SDG4; comparative education
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Lorente, L.M.L.; Arrabal, A.A.; Pulido-Montes, C. The Right to Education and ICT during COVID-19: An International Perspective. Sustainability 2020, 12, 9091. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12219091

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Lorente LML, Arrabal AA, Pulido-Montes C. The Right to Education and ICT during COVID-19: An International Perspective. Sustainability. 2020; 12(21):9091. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12219091

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Lorente, Luis M.L.; Arrabal, Ana A.; Pulido-Montes, Cristina. 2020. "The Right to Education and ICT during COVID-19: An International Perspective" Sustainability 12, no. 21: 9091. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12219091

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