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.
Interventions focus on 3 priorities
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.
- Imaginécoles: A learning platform for Francophone Africa, reaching 6 million students and 200,000 teachers across 11 countries
- Asia: Meeting the learning needs of children with disabilities
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.
- EdTech Toolkit for Remote Learning
- Remote formative assessment solutions
- Compendium of structured lesson plans
- Technology for teaching
- Learning passport
- Girls' education toolkit
- Resource catalogue: Teaching and learning resources for professionals and parents working with children with disabilities
- Practical guide to blended/remote learning and children with disabilities
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.
- Asia: Situation analysis on the effects of and responses to COVID-19 in the education sector
- Advocacy on financing gaps:
- Policy paper: COVID-19 is a serious threat to aid to education recovery
- Policy paper: Act now: reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the cost of achieving SDG 4
- Policy paper: How committed? Unlocking financing for equity in education
- Joint surveys: