Black students were more impacted by the pandemic, says study

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Black students were the ones who felt the most negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. An analysis carried out by Itaú Social, Lemann Foundation and BID (Inter-American Development Bank) based on data from editions of the survey “Off-site education from the perspective of students and their families”, carried out by Datafolha between May 2020 and September 2021 with parents and guardians of children and adolescents in the public network, demonstrates in numbers the dimension of these effects in the lives of thousands of Brazilian youth.

Right at the beginning of the pandemic, when schools and educational institutions had to migrate to digital and distance learning, black students had difficulties to follow the content and attend classes, because internet access is more restricted for a layer of the population. According to the survey, only 21% of the poorest have access to a computer with internet.

In May 2020, 79% of white students already had the structure at home to maintain their learning, against 70% of black students. The proportion is more aggravated in terms of social class: 84% for white students with an income of more than two minimum wages and only 68% for blacks in families that earn up to two minimum wages.

Regarding connectivity, data from September 2021 show that a black student with a family income below two minimum wages is four times less likely to have a computer with internet at home compared to a white student with a family income above two minimum wages. -minimums – 21% against 86%, respectively. Also according to the survey, connectivity inequality has not decreased over time.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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