How parents can help children overcome COVID-19 learning loss

By Blondie Ndebele | January 24, 2023 | Africa & The Middle East, Asia, Europe & Eurasia, The Americas | Education

Parents around the world are grappling with how to help their children catch up in school after pandemic-related school closures. In this blog post, some of GFC’s local partners who support children’s education across the globe offer their advice.   

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically disrupted life for billions of people around the world. It brought the education system in many countries to a standstill, forcing schools to close and children to stay at home, causing learning loss for a generation of students.

The devastating impact of the pandemic on education is reflected in alarming statistics. UNICEF’s State of Global Learning Poverty: 2022 Update estimates that 70% of 10-year-olds in low- and middle-income countries are unable to read and understand a simple text.

Pupils from Amedakar Sikshya Kendra School at Dumduma in Bhubaneswar, India performing a physical literacy test. © Pro Sport Development

With the effects of the pandemic still lingering, children around the world need urgent support to catch up on missed learning. Global Fund for Children (GFC), through its Partnership to Educate All Kids (PEAK) initiative supported by the LEGO Foundation, is providing financial support and capacity development to 66 local organizations across the globe that are assisting children who have experienced pandemic-related education disruptions.

We asked some of these partner organizations to share advice for helping children overcome learning loss. Here are some of the tips they shared on how you can assist your child to make up for lost learning:


Children at a playground

Children playing on a playground in India. © Gramin Shiksha Kendra

“Give your child a chance to just go out and play! Let them play, because through play, they will learn more soft skills than any parent can comprehend.” – Sarah Van Vooren, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Atoot in Nepal


Children carrying placards of SDGs

Children in Ghana promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals through poetry in school. © Young Visionary Leaders Ghana

“Checking on the performance of the child would inform the kind of support they require both at school and at home.” Joseph Tettey Afangbe, Executive Director of Young Visionary Leaders Ghana


Children interacting with their sports coach

Girls who participate in Atoot programs in Nepal enjoying multicultural exchanges and co-learning with international guests. © Atoot

Children in sack race

Children participating in a sack race in Uganda. © BaNgaAfayo Initiative Uganda

“Though there has been a learning loss, parents should not put too much pressure on children. There is so much that they can learn at a young age and should not be pushed too hard to cover up the loss.” Suheil Tandon, Director and Founder of Pro Sport Development in India

Children learning

School children on a playground in India. © Gramin Shiksha Kendra



The PEAK initiative, supported by the LEGO Foundation, helps children to access and thrive in learning environments that prepare them for future success. As the PEAK initiative turns one, GFC is highlighting the work of some of the PEAK partners who are employing innovative ways of making education more fun and appealing to children who suffered academic loss at the height of the pandemic.

Header photo: School children performing at a 2022 World Children’s Day celebration. © Young Visionary Leaders Ghana

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