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The pandemic has taken a substantial toll on students’ academic progress as well as on their mental health. Analysis highlights the extent of the challenge and demonstrates how the impact of the pandemic on learning extends across students, families, and entire communities. School systems can respond across multiple horizons to help students get back on track.

By McKinsey & Company

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Schools in 23 countries, with 405 million pupils, are still partially or fully closed because of Covid, the United Nations Children's Fund says. The charity, Unicef, estimates 147 million children have missed at least half of their in-person schooling. Unicef executive director Catherine Russell says children are "the hidden casualties of the pandemic".

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ISC Awards

The International School Awards 2023 are now open for nominations. The closing date for this year’s applications is Friday, 8th July. Not only are the awards a chance to share and learn from innovative practice, but shortlisted and award-winning schools receive an award logo, extensive recognition of their initiative, and winners receive a prestigious trophy. 

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As a followup to recent news about Covid-19 in China, Dr. Emmanuel Bonin -Deputy Head of School  - Chief Academic Officer at Shanghai American School has shared the following update. "On March 1, 2022, a few COVID cases of the Omicron variant originated in a quarantine hotel in Shanghai’s central Xuhui district. The city initiated its series of “dynamic zero-covid” targeted measures, geared toward achieving “dynamic clearance”: extended contact tracing, isolation of first and second contacts, large array of community testing, and targeted lockdown of some compounds defined as “medium-risk zones”. 

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The AAIE Leadership Briefings were initiated to ensure the community was informed and understood the challenges faced by all schools due to Covid-19. However, in the past few months, the world's focus was redirected to the crisis in Ukraine and its impact on schools in the region. In recent days, news about Covid-19 has come to the forefront again with what is happening in China. China is dealing with the Covid-19 crisis perhaps more so now than ever before.
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