More than half of the world’s 10-year-olds could be unable to read and understand a sentence by the end of the year.

According to a new analysis by the anti-poverty organization ONE, 70 million children could be affected in 2021 according to calculations based on figures released by the World Bank, UNESCO and UN population data.

According to the report Covid-19 pandemic contributed 17 percent to the total number of children falling victim to a global learning crisis that could hamper the potential of a generation.

Schools around the world have been closed for extended periods during the past year, as governments imposed restrictions on populations in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus. According to UNESCO the education of 1.7 billion children in 188 countries was heavily disrupted in 2020.