Children throughout the world are out of school in unprecedented numbers. As the virus spreads, issues of connectivity and access will continue to emerge.
- Schools have been closed in over 190 countries globally with over 1.5 billion learners out of school representing over 89.5 per cent of the world’s student population. UNESCO has set up a page that is being regularly updated and is providing solutions for distance learning and has quick tips to support your child’s learning at home.
- School closures are likely to have long-reaching effects – loss of knowledge, violence, etc. These risks can be mitigated to avoid a crisis within a crisis.
- The Global Education Coalition launched by UNESCO seeks to facilitate inclusive learning opportunities for children and youth during this period of sudden and unprecedented educational disruption.
- UNICEF and Microsoft have launched a global learning platform to help children and youth affected by COVID-19 continue their education at home. The Learning Passport, designed in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, will enable all countries with a curriculum capable of being taught online to facilitate online learning for children and youth with devices at home. The expanded platform will also provide key resources to teachers and educators.
- UNICEF has released guidelines for safe reopening of schools.