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ISLAMABAD: As per a new report by the World Bank on the impact of Covid-19 on South Asia’s youth, 1.6 million youths are idle alone in Pakistan.

The COVID-19 pandemic that gripped the world some three years ago has left millions of youth idle.

The first comprehensive analysis of post-pandemic global data, “Collapse and Recovery: How Covid Eroded Human Capital and What to Do About It” was released on Thursday. It cites a drastic change in the school enrolment percentages in Pakistan before and after the pandemic.

A study finds that preschool enrolment in dropped by over 15 percentage points by end of 2021 in the post-pandemic era, reported The News International.

As per the report, the enrollment among i children between the ages of six and 14 dropped by six percentage points once schools reopened, and 7.6 million children in the country alone have dropped out of school.

The report presents global data on the pandemic’s impact on young people at key developmental stages: early childhood (0-5 years), school age (6-14 years), and youth (15-24 years). It finds that in South Asia, today’s students could lose up to 14.4 per cent of their future earnings due to Covid-19-induced education loss.

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