The ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, and the accompanying lockdown measures, school closures and severe contraction of economic activities, have posed an unprecedented challenge for educators, administrators and more critically, for children and their parents. Fears have been expressed about dramatic learning loss, large increases in drop-out rates and spikes in child marriages, child trafficking, and child labour, prompting concern about the disappearance of the progress India has made in the last two to three decades.
The key research objective of this study is to track a) status of enrolment, b) access to remote and other types of learning, c) access to various government initiatives, and finally, d) learning outcomes for children who are in the age-group of 6-17, in the short term as well as over the medium term. The research will also shed light on potentially heterogeneous impacts of the pandemic depending on gender of the child, parental education, income, and other household characteristics. The indicators will be tracked through household surveys at periodic intervals in a specific neighborhood in Ahmedabad.