Coronavirus: The realities of schooling in rural Brazil

By Katy Watson
BBC South America correspondent, Jucurutu, Brazil

Publishedduration35 minutes agoimage captionJaydson Silva has been studying at home with the help of his mother

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way children are learning across the planet.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, 97% of children are still not having face-to-face classes, according to estimates by the United Nation's children's agency, Unicef. That is around 137 million students.

On average, children in Latin America have lost nearly four times more days of schooling than in other parts of the world, Unicef says.

The challenges faced by pupils and teachers in Jucurutu, a rural area in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, in north-eastern Brazil, show why it is so difficult to provide classes amidst the pandemic.

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