Headline, October 24 2020/ ''' '' STUDENTS ! SMILE SNATCHERS '' '''

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CHANGEMAKERS - DO YOUR THING ! : Or will these times remain this unpredictable? IF the  good Lord has blessed you with wealth, then consider helping the cause of education in your very own respective country, directly.

The Founder Framers, the great heroes : Merium, Rabo, Haleema, Dee, Saima, Saira, Saher, Aqsa, Zilli, Juniper, Lakshmi,  Dantini, Nimra, Hussain, Ali, Shahzaib, Ehsan, Haider, Zaeem, Hamza, Salar, Bilal, Vishnu, Jordan, Danyial, must get more decisive and ambitious and help and sponsor any one student, directly.

Zilli ought to give me the latest research on ''Corporate Social Responsibility''. '' Are these corporations sponsoring and supporting any students, Zilli?'' I hope to be publishing our findings.

JUST ONE QUESTION from me : Is there the possibility of a better tomorrow? The countdown to mediation and meditation has just begun.

THE DECISION OF G20 - a group of the world's 19 richest nations and the European Union to extend its relief initiative for heavily indebted countries for another six months to end-June next year is a great move. It will support the depressed economies to fight off the adverse impact of Covid-19 on their people, finances and healthcare and survival systems.

IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD - SO VERY SADDENING : IN a study examining the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on women working in Pakistan's informal sector, one of the women we interviewed said that she feared that-

Her loss of income over the lockdown period, the resulting indebtedness; and the continued impact on her and her husband's income even after the lockdown period would mean that she would not be able to send any of her children back to school when schools reopened.

This woman was extremely upset over the prospect of not being able to send her children to school anymore, but said that she could not see any other option.

She anticipated her income would continue to be lower than the pre-pandemic period for quite some time and, given that her priority for food, shelter and healthcare was higher than education, she felt she had no choice. Moreover, she also had to pay back the debts that had accumulated over the last few months.

This is not a story of one household. A lot of low to middle income households in Africa, Asia, Far East, Latin America, already have or will face the prospect of similar trade-offs this year.

The academic year is not only going to be shorter this time around, as we lost a few months due to closure of schools, it is going to be a disrupted one too, as we can expect  micro lockdowns to continue throughout the year until either the virus subsides or we have good medicines for prevention or cure.

But the entire problem is education, for the coming year and beyond, are going to be elsewhere.  Though schools, the world over, have opened in stages, in the month of September, according to some reports a substantial proportion of children have not yet come back to classes.

Some of this could be transitory and the continued impact of uncertainty about the health-risk to children and hence parental caution. But some of it is due to other factors related loss of parental income, learning losses over the last six months, and other disruptions to families lives that have resulted from the pandemic.

And we can be sure that, whatever the impact on enrollment and dropout rates, there will be a differentially more severe impact on girls of school-going age as compared to boys of school-going age.

Parental income has been disrupted for most people working on a daily wage basis, in casual labour, in the informal sector and for people working in or owning businesses.

Even after the lockdown was lifted, businesses has been slow to bounce back. Unemployment has gone up, inflation remains high and many people have had to switch jobs and/or reduce work hours to still be able to get some income.

Many people have accumulated debts over the last six months. Many families who did not have savings and relied on income for expenditures, had to absorb a major shock as well when the income shot hit.

People cut back on many expenditures, including, reportedly, on educational expenditures. Parents were not able to pay school fees over the period that schools were closed. Many could not pay for any coaching services over the period either.

The sadness of this advance Operational Research on ''State-Of-The-World'', and sufferings, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Dr. Faisal Bari, Associate Professor LUMS, and a senior research fellow.

With respectful dedication to the Leaders, Grandparents, Parents, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all prepare and register for  great global elections on The World Students Society : wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter - !E-WOW! - The Ecosystem 2011 :

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Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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