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.

Aidarhan Zhubatkan
September 10, 2021

Covid-19 was hard step in my life. If in start we thought, that it was a joke, then we were afraid. Some people lost their jobs, another people stopped their business. But I think, that the hardest problem is online training, because students can't understand all subjects. One of these students was me.
Firstly, we studied normal. After the most part of students found easy ways to get 5. Me too. I think, it is normal. To be honest very little part of students really want to study well and honestly. So, it was ideal chance, on top of that no one studied really. We used internet help. But it was not so easy as we thought. Usual schools didn't check for plagiarism, but I study in special school, names Nazarbayev Intellectual School. Our teachers checked everything and we saw, how students were threatened with expulsion, because of plagiarism. We thought, that it will be the end of easy marks. Nevertheless we found out, that we can paraphrase answers. In terms of study it was incorrect. However every student will say, that he is the most honest student.
Secondly, we lost communication with friends. It was hard at first time, then everybody used to it. Most of people stayed at home. We talk with friends only on lessons. Other time we watched films or serials, read books or studied to something useful. It was one of all challenges. The result of everything is depression. It's not illness that kills people, it's depression. It is offensive truth. Our presidents and loved starts say "Stay at home", but they don't know how it is, to stay at home for too long time. Because, they live in gold, other people dies on account of fasting, poverty, panic attacks and something else. I'm not complaining. Fortunately, these difficulties did not reach our family, but I know my acquaintances, who have felt these problems. Consequently, it was hard to most of our republic. Many republic help to their citizens, my republic is not exception. But they gave to us not so much, how other republic gave to their citizens. 100$ for one people is not enough. If my republic's members of parliament will hear my words, I will have big problems. It is true.
Finally, I think it was bad part of our life. I want to end this part faster, how I can. This essay is about changes during Covid-19. I sad everything. I sad true. Even though it's really heartbreaking, the truth is the truth.

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.

John love peace Ngozi
September 10, 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.

John love peace Ngozi.
September 10, 2021

Dear World bank, Thank you for your support in the field of education and scholarship programs. The world is going through an economic recession due to the global pandemic.

In the field of education, schools have had to go on a lockdown in order to contain the spread of the virus which has greatly affected learning. All examinations and classes have had to be put on hold, even I was supposed to write my final papers for my senior high school final exams but it was postponed from last year November to this year February which also put my graduation on hold. I couldn't attend classes due to the rule on social distancing and we had to go for shift classes which actually slowed down the pace of learning because sometimes we only have to come to school once or twice in a week in order to make up for the lost time during the"stay at home". Many at times, some schools have had to do online classes to meet up with the scheme of work and most times it didn't favour me because I didn't have a cell phone. Even when schools were allowed to reopen I couldn't catch up easily because i was not on the school group chat and most of the topics that were taught on the online classes were not taught again.

In this trying times,we really need the help of the educators and policy makers in the aspect of education. We need them to try make the rules be eased a little bit and without breaking the Covid protection rules, continue to push forward in order to bring back students interest in returning back to school. This is because,a lot of students and pupils have lost interest in learning due to the so-called"pandemic holiday break". The policy makers should try to reopen schools so that students can continue with their education.

Due to all of the happenings and rules on social distancing, I have had to learn from home and also deal with a lot of struggles during the lockdown and this has made a very big impact on my learning experience and although having to miss some of the online classes set me back a little bit,I still found a way to catch up. Although the lockdown wasn't a very favourable period, it did help me become a better, hardworking and experienced person. The lockdown period allowed me see and understand life from a different angle. Although the pandemic slowed down learning and disrupted school schedule, it still helped students actually realize the essence of school.

If the government and policy makers could find a better way to help learning continue, it could help boost students interest in learning again and also In returning back to school whether it is full time or partially. Some countries have already started looking for the vaccine for the virus. These proposed vaccine should be tested so that treatment can commence and the lockdown will be over and everything can return back to how it was before the pandemic. With the help of fully funded scholarships, things could return to normal in the field of education.

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


Aljen Loha
September 10, 2021

This is Aljen Loha, from Assam India which is worked famous for TEA PRODUCTION it is good our people doing so much of hard work and getting 167/- rupees per day as daily wages and blessed for me to share our needs with World Bank I have been working among orphans kids and deprived kids since 4 years for education, nutrition food, costume and shelter so I on behalf of them please do visit us and extend your help what possible. Thank you

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!

Araoye Ibrahim olasunkanmi
February 02, 2021

School in Egan senior grammar

Arman Duwiwijaya
September 10, 2021

Everyone knows how much change this pandemic has made. Inequality worsens, generating conditions that are extremely difficult to maintain.

Eradicating or at least reducing the existing 'gaps' between students is crucial. They must have the same opportunities, be equipped with comprehensive resources, without having to fear 'running late'. This can be stimulated by distributing learning resources to students, either in the form of books (facilitated by the library ) or through online pdfs and TV shows.

Students should also be encouraged to sharpen their practical skills regarding daily life. Including internal accountability, financial management, health, even entrepreneurship.

That way, the pandemic is not only considered as a period of 'despair' but also a period where the young generation can innovate and develop their creativity.

Kum Roland Kuum
September 10, 2021

Coronavirus is a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from common cold to more severe diseases such as middle east respiratory syndrome (MERS-Cov) and sever cute respiratory syndrome (SARS-Cov).
Coronavirus has definitely change the world;the way we live,the way we work and the way we were.
In Cameroon, on the "5 of March"the first victim was tested coronavirus positive and that is where I started having problem with my studies everyone thought it was going to last just for a short period of time but the more we were waiting with Hope's for schools to resume the more the cases where increasing and it resulted to a year been spend at home.
It was not easy for me after passing through all of that, and it was just my first year of going back to school after been in house for 4 good years because of the anglophone crises.
But I thank God everything is getting back to normal.
Thanks for the opportunity, yours sincerely hope.

Junyoung Jang
September 10, 2021

(From South Korea)
Due to Covid-19, not only the school but almost all activities were locked down, so online school was inevitable. I tried to overcome this situation by effectively managing the class schedule given to me by taking advantage of the special situation of this non-face-to-face class, and doing other studies during subject hours that were not reflected in my grades. What I felt during last year was that I realized the importance of face-to-face classes. Many people think that online school is better because it gives students a freedom through non-face-to-face classes, and that there are no unexpected situations that occur in real face-to-face classes. However, I think that the face-to-face class should continue even with a mask on. because I think that I can never ignore the joy of studying with my friends by communicating directly and interactively with the teacher in learning. I don't think that non-face-to-face classes can have all the advantages of face-to-face classes, but in preparation for the Covid-19 situation that may continue, First, by installing an online studio in each school or by supporting a web camera, students can get clearer and better video and lecture quality. Second, by reflecting the contents of the online lessons on the actual grades, the teachers are encouraged to give more enthusiasm and a sense of duty to the students, and the students can concentrate on the classes like face-to-face classes without neglecting non-face-to-face classes. I believe that coexistence with Corona 19 is not impossible, but inevitable. So, I think that various countermeasures should come out as soon as possible.

agbasieje praise ifunanya
September 10, 2021

Write a helping we children to get phones for online class cause not all parent can afford a phone