COVID-19 global grant: Innovation for inclusion

Funded by a $25 million GPE grant, a consortium composed of UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Bank is leveraging global expertise to generate solutions to the learning crisis.

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the landscape of education, exposing deep inequalities in access to quality learning and threating the future of the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable students.

Even before COVID-19, the world faced a learning crisis with more than half of all 10-year-olds in low- and middle-income contexts unable to read a simple story. These double shocks have accelerated the need to make education systems more inclusive and resilient, including through access to quality learning.

Under this consortium supported by a $25 million grant from GPE, UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Bank are leveraging their expertise to develop teaching and learning solutions with the potential to be scaled up globally and generating fresh evidence to inform the policy response.

 

Regional and global learning platforms

Leveraging the Global Education Coalition helps match country needs and partner solutions, facilitate knowledge sharing and develop national capacities, including of teachers. To support learning continuity, regional platforms are being established for distance and blended learning, supporting teachers and digitizing curricula in sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific.

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Learning continuity at scale

This supports countries to roll out multifaceted remote learning using print, radio, television, and mobile technologies. Partners are providing toolkits and multimedia resources to students, teachers, caregivers, and policy makers, with a focus on supporting the most marginalized students in low-resource environments. This work encompasses both home-based learning and accelerated learning programs in schools.

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Monitoring and evidence

Robust data, evidence and evaluation are key to understand and inform the education responses to COVID-19 in different contexts and draw lessons to build more resilient education systems. This work is producing joint surveys, rapid impact assessments in Asia/Pacific and West and Central Africa, and reports on the gender impact of COVID-19.

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