Material Poverty and symbolic poverty: a difficult balance beyond Covid-19


This contribution reflects upon the issue of “educational poverty” linked to the current health situation. The emergency aroused by the spreading of Covid-19 has had multiple negative effects which, whilst affecting social and economic policies worldwide, have also experienced significant repercussions on the population’s educational choices and cultural opportunities. The issue of "educational poverty", therefore, has been tackled in this article taking into consideration both material and cultural poverty. In addition to the lack of resources and technological tools that the emergency has made evident with distance teaching, there is a more serious form of symbolic and spiritual poverty, which affects subjects and contexts of human life, both in individual and collective experiences.