Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, most governments worldwide have implemented policies to contain the disease's spread. While incurring high economic costs, restrictive procedures such as schools' closures and the changes of learning methods risk hindering effective learning during the pandemic and the progress made towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4).
The Survey of National Education Responses to COVID-19, jointly conducted by UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Bank, and most recently the OECD, has collected information on this shifting education landscape through two iterations in 2020 which was captured in an initial report. Responses to the third iteration in February-April 2021 are captured in the current joint report. The survey is coordinated and administered by the UNESCO Institute of Statistics.
Up-to-date information on the impacts of policy interventions and responses at the global level is needed to support subsequent educational planning and programming to deploy effective learning strategies
This webinar aims to present the report of the latest results obtained during the most recent data collection. We invite you for an in-depth discussion of the findings that highlight the latest snapshot of the COVID-19 impact on education systems as well as the policies implemented to assess and remediate them, including strategies to ensure equity and safe reopening of schools for all. This 120-minute webinar includes panelists from UNESCO, UNICEF, OECD, and the World Bank. A moderator facilitates the discussion, and a Q&A session follows.
What Have We Learnt? Findings from a survey of ministries of education on national responses to COVID-19
(4 November 2020) At the height of nationwide lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 1.5 billion children were affected by school closures, causing an unprecedented global learning crisis. Even prior to the pandemic, however, children’s learning was in crisis with half of 10-year-olds in middle- and low-income countries unable to understand a simple written sentence and more than a quarter billion children out of school. The pandemic has only sharpened these inequities, hitting schoolchildren in poorer countries particularly hard. National governments around the world have been quick to implement remote learning, new health protocols and reopening plans, but again these policies have varied widely based on each country’s wealth.
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A global learning crisis is undermining children’s education and their futures. Pre-COVID, more than half of children in low- and middle-income countries could not read and understand a simple text by age 10. In poor countries, this “learning poverty” rate was as high as 80 percent. Due to COVID-19, an additional 10 percent of children globally will fall into learning poverty. UNICEF Innocenti’s education research looks to address the learning crisis to ensure that every child learns.
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Can we count on parents to help their children learn at home?
This blog shows the disparities across and within countries in children’s reading skills and looks at the associations between parental engagement and learning, using the data from the MICS 6 new modules on foundational learning skills and on parental engagement.
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Lessons from COVID-19: Getting remote learning right
The massive scale of school closures has laid bare the uneven distribution of technology to facilitate remote learning and the lack of preparedness of systems to support teachers, and caregivers in the successful and safe use of technology for learning.