Amid virus lockdown, radio lessons return in Latin America

FUNZA, Colombia (AP) — Broadcasting was once widely used in Latin America to teach basic math and literacy skills to rural children and adults. Amid the coronavirus lockdown, lessons on radio and TV are making a comeback, especially with the region’s weak internet connectivity. A study by the Inter-American Development Bank says 86% of Chile’s rural students have internet access at home, making it one of the better-connected countries in the region. The study says that in Colombia, Mexico and Peru, fewer than 35% of rural students have internet access. Chilean teachers have developed a 30-minute daily podcast on more than 200 radio stations, while state TV in Cuba runs hours of educational content daily.