Analysis: Why Uruguay’s students are doing so well during the coronavirus pandemic

Uruguay has been focusing on digital education and equal access for all for years. The country's education system was thus better prepared for the coronavirus crisis than most countries in the region - and than many in the richer West.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Two weeks after Claudia's first day of school last March, she was already not allowed to attend - the school was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. But that wasn't so bad for the first-grader from Uruguay: she learned the alphabet via audio tutorials. She enjoyed digital math lessons so much that she solved extra problems.

Video conferences three times a week helped her get to know her teachers and classmates better. And guided by her physical education teacher, Claudia, seven, completed gymnastics exercises in her room.

Claudia is not a wealthy private student . . .

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