A Lost Year of Learning for Girls in Ethiopia: Evidence From the Young Lives at Work COVID-19 Phone Survey

Catherine Porter
Kath Ford
Policy paper


This policy brief looks at the impact of COVID-19 on girls’ education in Ethiopia, summarising findings from the Young Lives COVID-19 phone survey (consisting of three calls between June–December 2020) in relation to the Younger Cohort in the study, now aged 19. Our findings also highlight the importance of addressing associated gender issues in relation to increasing levels of domestic work and risks of early marriage, as well as worsening mental health, to avoid the longerterm impacts of a lost year of education.

We present key policy recommendations in response to these findings, including the need to ensure effective lesson learning in preparation for a potential second wave of COVID-19 restrictions in Ethiopia, and to better prepare for future shocks. 

This is the first of four briefs presenting policy recommedations in response to Young LIves research findings on the impact of COVID-19 on young people in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam. Follow Young Lives on Twitter, Facebook and Linkin for updates.