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Missing More Than a Classroom: The Impact of COVID-19 School Closures on the Nutrition of School-aged Children
This paper presents the evidence on the potential deleterious short term and long-term effects of school meal scheme disruption during Covid-19 globally. Using data from Brazil and India, access to school meal programmes by child and household characteristics is explored. This shows how vulnerable the children participating in these schemes are, how coping and mitigation measures are often only short-term solutions, and how prioritizing school re-opening is critical. Once schools re-open, school meal schemes can help address the deprivation that children have experienced during the closures and provide an incentive for parents to send and keep their children, especially girls, in school.

May 13, 2021 12:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Artur Borkowski
@UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti
Artur joined the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti in December 2018. He is currently conducting research on the effectiveness of Sport for Development for Children, and previously worked on the role and prevalence of private education in South Asia. His research interests span: education, migration, child wellbeing, mental health, and multidimensional poverty and inequality. He also has a strong interest in climate change and environmental issues. Artur has a PhD in Business and Development from King’s College London where his thesis examined public-private partnerships in delivering education and training in Mozambique. Before joining UNICEF, he worked as a research assistant and data analyst at King’s College London. He has also worked as a consultant for CEQ, and has contributed to papers for the UNDP.
Javier Santiago Ortiz Correa
@UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti
Javier Santiago joined the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti in March 2020. He has worked for International Organizations since 2013. He has worked for UNESCO, UNDP and the World Bank in projects concerning property crime trends, the monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of conditional cash transfers, the impact of industrial policies for the automotive policies and the evaluation of the policing initiatives in cities to improve education outcomes. More recently, he has been a policy specialist consultant for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) helping partner countries to develop their education sector analyses (ESA's) and their education sector plans (ESP's). Javier Santiago holds a PhD from the University of California, Riverside (2013) and a M.A. in International and Development Economics from the University of San Francisco (2007).