Ten-year old Laxmi may never return to school. When the first wave of Covid-19 hit India, in early 2020, her school closed its doors and now her parents can no longer afford to send her.
Laxmi was attending a nearby private school at a cost of £21 ($26) per year, which the family funded by borrowing from relatives.
They chose the school – which has since reopened – partly because they were worried she would not be safe travelling to the government-funded school in the next village.
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