With iffy Wi-Fi, Venezuelan kids struggle to join classes

Jonathan Figueroa sitting in the room he shares with his mother in Chacao, Caracas. What little interaction he has with teachers is limited to voice messages and assignments delivered on WhatsApp. – AFP pic, October 17, 2020.

THUMBING his mobile phone, Jonathan Figueroa sits on his doorstep in a desperate daily quest for a Wi-Fi signal to download his homework. 

Battered by the pandemic and economic collapse, Venezuela’s lost generation of schoolchildren have little chance of linking up regularly with online classes, given the country’s fickle internet coverage.

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