Schools around the world have closed their doors to face-to-face instruction due to the coronavirus. More than 1.1 billion children and youth worldwide have been put out of school because of the pandemic. More complex are the effects of COVID-19 on the education systems of developing countries, many of which already grapple with providing education for all.
At the onset of the pandemic, several organizations began collecting and publishing data on how the crisis would affect the delivery of public services, including education. In this blog, we present the different resources and tools that have been produced so far.
The purpose of these tools is to provide education practitioners and policymakers a way to better track measures being taken by various countries in response to the pandemic. These tracking tools primarily focus on education sector data; however, a few others go beyond the scope of education and track other public service data. This type of data can be useful at:
- the global level – having up-to-date information on how governments are reacting to the pandemic is crucial to better understand the extent to which education systems are affected across countries. Timely data on school closures and policy responses can help the global education community drive policy and advocacy efforts, and can be used to conduct additional analysis and simulations on the potential effects of COVID-19 on schooling and learning, as well as the (possible) delay towards achieving SDG 4.
- the country level – it is crucial to have information and data on which countries are re-opening schools and how to best design context-appropriate education policy responses and reopening strategies. In short, seeing how others are proceeding and learning from different approaches during this crisis is helpful.
Below is a selection of 8 regularly updated trackers that provide information on education and how governments are reacting to the pandemic.