This brief summarizes a recent study on the impacts of COVID-19 school closures in rural communities in Bangladesh. It clarifies issues of remote learning access, management, and monitoring, as well as new strains on students’ time use. It also reveals general impacts on mental and physical health, economic status, as well as gendered effects including child marriage. Based on evaluations of mitigation measures, recommendations for comprehensive policies, provision of technical, financial, and social support, and improvements in education systems emerged.
Haque, Eashita, Natalie Wyss, Emily EunYoung Cho, and Karen Austrian. 2022. "Gendered effects of COVID-19 school closures: Bangladesh case study," GIRL Center Research Brief no. 9. New York: Population Council.