The impact of Covid-19 on education has been staggering. In April, roughly nine out of ten students worldwide were out of school. The most common response to the pandemic, it seems, was an abrupt nationwide shutdown of schools. 

Denmark, the first country to do so, is now trying to ease back into a normal routine through split classes and outdoor teaching. It has opened up only primary sections but even this drew the ire of scared parents. This is possible because Denmark’s infection count has fallen below 3.5 per 100,000 citizens.

Schools in India shut down around the same time as Denmark—17 March.


Olina Banerji

Based in Delhi, Olina writes about mega-trends in urban mobility, education, skilling and the environment, with a focus on how institutions and innovations can help cities grow sustainably. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics, and has worked previously with India Today and global non-profit Ashoka.

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