The closure of schools due to COVID-19 has had wide-ranging impacts on students and education systems. Support should focus on closing the learning gap and preparing for the next crisis.
Sean was ADB's multimedia and web editor. Before joining ADB in 2010, he worked as communications specialist and multimedia journalist for UN-WIDER, IRIN, the BBC and the South African Broadcasting Corporation. He has a master’s degree in communications from the University of Tampere in Finland and a first degree from the University of Warwick in the UK.
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The pandemic has increased malnutrition rates in many parts of Asia and the Pacific. Direct food assistance to the poor and programs that benefit farmers are being used to address the problem.
Despite the global economic turmoil, remittances remained remarkable resilient during the pandemic. Reforms are needed to keep this financial lifeline strong in the years ahead.