UNESCO estimates that over 63 million teachers are affected by the COVID-19 emergency, with their schools closed and their students trying to learn from home. In high-income countries, internet platforms alongside other technology, broadcast media and printed resources at home are available for teachers to continue to teach. In low-income countries, these options do not exist for most teachers and students. In sub-Saharan Africa, only 11% of households have computers, only 18% have a household internet connection, and 26 million students are not covered by mobile networks.
In this context, how can the potential of millions of teachers be used to support the learning of the 810 million children who are now out of school in low- and lower-middle-income countries? This blog offers lessons from the Ebola epidemic, examples from the current response, and ideas for mitigating the impact of school closure on the poorest.