Tell us how we can help children everywhere learn. Take part in the World Bank and Financial Times’ blog writing competition


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Michell Huamán attending a virtual class in Lima, Peru, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: © Victor Idrogo/World Bank
Michell Huamán attending a virtual class in Lima, Peru, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: © Victor Idrogo/World Bank

Are you 16 to 19 years old? Are you currently enrolled in a high school or secondary school? Has COVID-19 affected your learning or the education of a friend or family member?

If yes, then take part in the World Bank Group and the Financial Times’ third joint global blog/essay writing competition.

The pandemic has disrupted our lives everywhere, and is changing the way we live, work and learn. This health crisis is creating another crisis – an education crisis. The World Bank estimates that an additional 72 million primary school age children will fall into learning poverty, due to extended school closures caused by the pandemic. Learning poverty is when a child cannot read and understand a simple text by the age of 10.

How can we help children learn, everywhere?

We want to hear from those most affected – young people. We want to hear from you! Tell us what you think by joining this blog competition.

Tell us how your learning experience been affected by COVID-19? What would you tell educators and policy makers to do differently? What would make an impact on your learning experience?  

This is your chance to get creative. This competition builds on the World Bank Group’s recent reports Realizing the Future of Learning and Reimagining Human Connections.

 Be innovative, be persuasive – and be bold!

Send us:

  1. A strong blog or essay, that is no longer than 500 words.
  2. Photos, videos, visualizations that help support your story, are optional.
  3. Your name, age, school, email, and country you live in.

The deadline for submissions is February 15th, 2021. Entries will be judged by a high-level panel comprised of senior officials at the World Bank, Financial Times, and select partners.

You could win a chance at being published in the Financial Times and the World Bank Blogs.

For more information on entering the competition and to submit your entry, click here.

You can also register your school here to receive free subscriptions of the Financial Times for students at any time:


Arathi Sundaravadanan

Senior External Affairs Officer, World Bank

Join the Conversation

M. Sai Kumar reddy
February 02, 2021

I want to join this conversation

Salako Emmanuel
February 02, 2021

OK accepted

Ashley Temko
February 02, 2021

Honored to have the chance to tell our stories

Taiwo damilola
February 02, 2021


February 02, 2021

We look forward to hearing from you
Because they are God's children

Salako boluwatife
February 02, 2021


Bilkisu Dunoma
February 02, 2021

Covid-19 has really affected my sisters and brothers Education,and uptill today some of them haven't got the opportunity to go back. One of my brother is writing his Exam when this condition arises and that exams stopped because of the covid-19. Actually these condition has really affected me and my family. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to hear my view

February 02, 2021

From Nepal -We have a kid of 8/9 yrs old. Due to Covid, schools are running online classes which is good to push ahead their academic education. However, the situation has been prolonging and not been sure when it shall end, we are afraid that child personal development will severely get impacted. There is no much interaction project like public speaking, dance video download or any thing to interact with the people of similar age groups.
Hence, would expect to have such platforms where children can showcase talent even virtually and that could be engaging enough to make them speak
Thank You

Thet Mon Hnin
February 02, 2021

I'm very interested in this programme and want to join this conversation.

Ayesha Atif
February 02, 2021

I write poems, i even have a little page on instagram where i post my poems, i'd like to join:-D

Thelma T. Chiromba
February 02, 2021


iddrisu hamisu
February 02, 2021

The use of creativity and adaptive learning to make partispate

Kyaw Moe Thu
February 02, 2021

Hi, I'm Kyaw Moe Thu, from Myanmar. I am searching educational opportunities since from 2012 to still yet, I from Rohingya Communiy of Myanmar.

I would like to express my feeling regarding with education and learning to world bank.

abdul razak mohamed
February 02, 2021

very interesting and it is really needed to know the experience of children towards learning enviroment during Covid 19. It is also appropriate to host a competition for teachers and parents who are really have to say a lot on their experience. As a teacher i really experience a lot in organising and managing online classess for my studetns. Thanks for posting.
Dr Abdul Razak Mohamed, Professor, School of Planning and architecture, S.No 4/4 ITI College Road, Vijayawada, Krishna District Andhra Pradesn INDIA. Ph 0091 8333898065 email [email protected] and [email protected]

Priyanka Khatate
February 02, 2021

Can we write blog on pandemic in mother toungue ex. Marathi ?

Jacob Zgraggen
February 02, 2021

Dear Arathi Sundaravadanan,
This is really a very good idea. Of course many things should improve. For instance: The gap between rich and poor people has increased in 2021! The international tax system should be improved, the old existing system is no longer sufficient. In Swittzerland we plan a microtax on all payments. A small flat rate should apply. The bigger payment amounts become the more taxes people pay. We are working hard to implement this new tax system.
Jacob Zgraggen, Bergstrasse 75, 8700 Küsnacht, Switzerland, email: [email protected]

Patience Azuikpe
February 02, 2021

Thanks for this great opportunity to share our story from other parts of the World

Hilton Cossa
February 02, 2021

Hello Arathi I’m Hilton Cossa from Mozambique, só I’m 20 year I would like to learn covid-19 impact for education whit Mozambique and also teach my community about world bank education programs.

John love peace Ngozi.
February 02, 2021

Thank you for the opportunity of being a part of this scholarship program .I see this program as a very productive means of helping African children all over to pursue their dreams even if they are not financially capable and I really do appreciate a lot.

Mohsin Nazir
February 02, 2021

I am willing to write an essay.

Sadiq Yahaya
February 02, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has really inflicted a grave threat to our studies leaving many in the hands of learning poverty. This will be a good opportunity for weary voices like ours to share with the world the impact of the virus on our learning in Nigeria.

February 02, 2021

In the last two years the world have had a huge number of changes. Especially, educational aspect altered, as many other spheres. Moreover, it is the vital part of life, because it affects to the future of our generation. Nowadays, students study online, but it is not fully beneficial, it has some negative points. The main problem for people who can not afford their children access for online education, in some developing countries or poor regions technical gadgets are lavish or workers are badly-paid. In my point of view, it is hard to make products cheaper, because the other side can have crisis, but we can invent something new, which allows good education and good health for many.

John love peace Ngozi
February 02, 2021

Dear World bank ,
Thank you for your support in this scholarship program,it is very helpful I would like to take part in the competition and I would like to know how. Thank you.

Koduah rabbi
February 02, 2021

Online learning and personal mentorship

Manj. B
February 02, 2021

I am not done any help to others but i help some domestic animal to give some food and this time i am use the time for drawing its very relaxing to me

Surendar s
February 02, 2021

Covid 19 affected many people and even many deaths

ASM Shahadat Hosain
February 02, 2021

The corona virus has caused extensive damage to the education system around the world, which will be very difficult to compensate. But even in this corona situation, it is possible to spread education all over the world by taking virtual classes online. Although this virtual education system started long ago in Bangladesh, other countries of the world have failed to provide this virtual education system. As a result, many students are lagging behind in education. Also many people in all parts of the world are not able to receive this education due to lack of internet connection.
So I think if the World Bank can provide internet connection in all regions of the world and increase the importance of this virtual education system then I think any student in any region of the world can receive education.

Nicanor Requena
February 02, 2021

As a student currently enrolled at a Highschool and on a scholarship the covid-19 pandemic has made learning a challenge, to say the least. In school you the student are able to question your teachers and not have to worry if your connection would hinder your learning, but connection issues are commonplace in online schooling. With so much of an emphasis is on online schooling, exceptional internet access should be accessible to every student, so that the learning experience is more like regular schooling.

Reliable network service being the main thing that has affected my schooling during the Covid-19 pandemic, a good device has been my second issue. Not receiving an appropriate device to work on from educators or policy makers has left me to use an old laptop. If students are expected to perform at the peak of their capabilities they should be given devices that are capable of nurturing a mindset that anything is possible.

Policymakers should make an effort to lower the cost of Internet access, and strive to provide internet access to students who live in rural communities. The talk about internet access raises the question, why do you need internet if you don’t have a device to work on? Policymakers must invest in the future of a nation now more than later, this can be done by creating programs to distribute tablets and computers to those who are in need of a way to connect.

A program that is in place to help students should be void of political bias so that the country can move onward into a bright future. I raise this because in Belize many a times a families political point of view hinders their children’s future. Students, youths, the future of this nation auth to be given the best chance at learning with and about technology, so that we may take this young nation to a new standing point when it comes to technology.

As a student that believes that Belize’s future lies in it’s younger generations ability to use and properly manipulate both devices and the Internet, this country should make more of an effort to invest heavily in the future it so desperately needs. A country in a deep hole of financial depth has no future if it does not invest in bright young minds to think of innovative software-based products and tools.

This is the truth, this is the time to invest in the future, this is the time to give all students the opportunity to strive. Whether this be by making Internet cheaper and more affordable, giving internet access to student who want to learn or giving device to students who need. I want to take this opportunity to tell students currently doing online schooling in Belize that they may be physically restricted, but with technology at their fingertips the possibility to learn new things is endless. I also want to take this opportunity to tell policy makers and educators, that progress is better than no progress.

Oshilagun Ebenezer
February 02, 2021


Shaimaa Adam
February 02, 2021

Dear Mrs. Arathi Sundaravadanan,

Hope my mail finds you well and safe.

I have some ideas I want to share with you about improving education through COVID-19:

1- There are many great universities around the world they can offer free online courses for teachers to improve them and do online exams after courses to evaluate them and give them certificates.

2- World bank can asking for volunteers who are qualified teachers to the most suffering countries to help them .

3- Making a competition with all the countries , who can be the best education system and apply the winner system in poor countries.

4- Asking good universities to establish a website for kids to learn and make it with levels , no need for age the visitors have to pass the low level to enter the higher . It’s a great way to make kids study .

Hope my suggestions are useful.

Best regards

February 02, 2021


Samira Sharipova
February 02, 2021

At the very beginning, I want to introduce myself. My name is Samira Sharipova . I was born on October 4, 2004, at the moment I am 16 years old.I'm from Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek.I study in the 13th school of the gymnasium in the 10th grade.In this essay, I want to express my point of view.
The 2020 pandemic is a coup for everyone and everything! Many people have experienced this year very difficult ,including me and all my friends. The most terrible thing is that this time will remain in our memory for the rest of our lives, and we will remember everything that happened to us during this time. And in most cases, it's bad.
So how the pandemic has affected the course of the educational process? First of all, I want to say that I live in Kyrgyzstan,a country where there was no early distance learning at all and no one ever practiced it. Our country in the shortest possible time was able to do everything that we were able to learn, and keep up with the program. All schools ,universities, etc. were transferred to distance learning,for our country and for us it was something new and to some extent unpublished. It was also difficult for our teachers,since most of them are aged and have poor eyesight,and as we all know computers and phones emit radiation, which makes our vision deteriorate even more.
At the very beginning of distance learning, we were told that it would last 2 weeks,but everything was delayed so much that we still did not go offline. It seems that in our country, the stastika covid19 is less and less every day,but our government is insured and does not give permission for offline training. Come on, we are also schoolchildren, but students of higher educational institutions, and especially doctors, as for me, it is very difficult for them now. They are the future doctors,the future of our treating generation, behind them our health and life. But at the same time, they do not undergo practical training, it is not known whether they attend online lessons, do homework, or study at all?No one is watching this.
In the end, I want to add that the pandemic has made us strong and ready for anything people. She showed that in life, not everything happens like smooth.And we must be ready for anything!

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February 02, 2021

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