The closing of schools around the world is sure to hurt most students in some way, but it is girls from marginalized countries whose education will be affected the most, experts say.With some 1.5 billion students affected by school closures around the world, according to a U.N. agency, more than 111 million of them are girls who live in the world’s least developed countries, where education is already a struggle for them because of family and societal pressures.And it is they who are more at risk than boys of never returning to school, according to officials at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO.“We are only beginning to understand the economic impacts of covid-19, but they are expected to be widespread and devastating, particularly for women and girls,” Stefania Giannini, UNESCO’s assistant director general for education, and Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, chief executive for Plan International, a development and humanitarian organization, wrote in a paper.“In the Global South, where limited social protection measures are in place, economic hardships caused by the crisis will have spill-over effects as families consider the financial and opportunity costs of educating their daughters,” they wrote. “While many girls will continue with their education once


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