The United States has refused to join COVAX, the global initiative to ensure widespread equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine, a decision that has reduced funding and made it likely that millions of the world’s poorest won’t have access to a COVID-19 vaccine in 2021.
After Italy shut down all public facilities between late February and early March, the government announced that schools would continue to operate online. But by May, 1 in 5 students were still struggling to gain access to the system through aging internet infrastructure and narrow smartphone screens. Students say they’ve been forsaken by the government. But teachers across Italy continue to fight for their right to an education.
Just like people in the rest of the world, Indians feel a great sense of uncertainty about their future because of the pandemic. While government officials have put a hold on CAA and the nationwide NRC, and promised to consult all stakeholders before implementing them, many activists believe the fight is far from over.
The Tawjihi, also known as the General Secondary Education Certificate Examination, is still set to be administered in person to over 75,000 Palestinian 12th graders, according to the most recent announcement from the Palestinian Ministry of Education. The first of ten days of exams on a variety of subjects is scheduled for May 30.
COVID-19 has universally disrupted the lives of these graduating college students around the world. Their backgrounds are wildly different. But their experiences coping with the pandemic are strikingly similar. A common theme we found throughout – from Uzbekistan to Trinidad and Tobago — was a palpable longing for certainty in a newly uncertain world.