The COVID-19 pandemic caused school closures in most countries in Africa and globally, resulting in major disruptions to education.
Many countries have made great strides in safely reopening schools to improve access to equitable and quality education, arrest the escalation of risks to children’s mental and physical health and the long-term impact of loss of learning associated with school closures.
The GPE-funded KIX Observatory on COVID-19 Responses in Educational Systems in Africa recently produced a synthesis report on School Reopening in Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic in 40 African GPE partner countries.
The aim, to inform decision-makers, partners and education practitioners with emerging evidence on education policy, and practice responses to the pandemic.
The report uses a gender, equity and inclusion lens to analyze policies and practices in terms of the following:
- Existing decision-making frameworks and approaches to school reopening.
- Campaigns to get learners back to school.
- Health issues related to school reopening and orientations.
- How countries have adapted their teaching, learning and assessment strategies and approaches.