Combat COVID-19: Keep learning. Together we are on the move!



Message from Director

Dear colleagues,

As COVID-19 continues spreading in many countries posing a serious threat to our health, security and lives, education in schools and universities is also facing unprecedented challenges. In response to a surge in school and university closures to contain the spread of COVID-19, on 10 March 2020 UNESCO convened a global videoconference of high education officials to step up the emergency response and share strategies to minimize learning disruption worldwide.

As emphasized by Mrs Stefania Giannini, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education:

“We need to come together not only to address the immediate educational consequences of this unprecedented crisis, but to build up the longer-term resilience of education systems.”

UNESCO IITE in cooperation with its global partners from the affected countries and beyond are coming together for immediate joint actions. This Initiative aims to provide a communication platform for government officials, teachers, students at schools and universities, as well as education and technology specialists to share experience in responding to this new emergency, provide recommendations and technical support. We invite you to join the Initiative on “Combat COVID-19: Keep learning. Together we are on the move!” with your expertise, practice and resources!

Tao Zhan
Director of UNESCO IITE


IITE and partner resources


  • Be an online tutor in 24 hours course provides necessary training to teaching and academic personnel of various levels about online education processes. It has several modules: Online Learning Technology Landscape, e-learning management tools, and communication and creation tools. The course is available in English, Arabic, Russian, Spanish and French.
  • Design an Online Course in 24 Hours focuses on developing online classroom and planning and designing online lessons in few steps by using modern and advanced educational tools. The course is available in both Arabic and English.

The new training courses are based on Hands-On and Learning by Doing approaches. You can access the courses and register easily through the following link:



Online portal LendED ( specifically created for the COVID-19 crisis provides schools and teachers worldwide with access to over 200 free educational resources from our suppliers.


Coursera Coronavirus Response Initiative
Coursera provides every university in the world impacted by COVID-19 with free access to our course catalogue through Coursera for Campus. Universities can sign up to provide their enrolled students with access to more than 3,800 courses and 400 Specializations from Coursera’s university and industry partners. More information is available at Coursera blog.


  • School’s Out Remote Resources
    Handling a wide range of conversations involving coronavirus (COVID-19) and​ overall health concerns in your schools and communities can be difficult,​ especially when trying to parse fact from fiction. If you’re looking for reliable​ content to share with your members on the prevention of coronavirus, or​ dealing with anxiety surrounding the virus, we’ve compiled some helpful​ information from leading health authorities. We have also included​ information about tools you can use to continue building a connected​ learning community.
  • WhatsApp Educator Coronavirus Information Hub​
    Whether you teach at a​ school or university, consider engaging with your students on WhatsApp if​ schooling is disrupted.​
  • Workplace from Facebook​
    The government of Gujarat, India keeps more than ​115,000 educators in their​ state informed​ with no fuss tools while they’re working remotely. Now we’re​ making Workplace Advanced free for emergency services and government​ organizations globally for 12 months.
  • Facebook Live
    Be part of what’s happening around the world in real-time, no matter where you are.
  • Get Digital
    Get Digital gives schools, families and young people the tools, resources and support they need to create safe, healthy and supportive digital communities. The platform provides with lesson plans, conversation starters, activities, videos and other resources to help young people become empowered in a digital world.


Teach from Home
A temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis: how to teach remotely with and without video calls, how to make lessons accessible to all, how to keep students engaged, how to keep in touch with other teachers and more additional support and inspiration.


  • Talent Online
    There are about 110 technical courses available, free of charge for all users.
  • Huawei ICT academy
    Huawei ICT Academy is a partnership between Huawei and Academies around the world. The academy authorizes universities/colleges to deliver some of certification courses to their students. Huawei provides training to teachers of universities and certify them. No charges to university for all these activities apply.


International Institute of Online Education (IIOE)
IIOE is a robust platform that allows teachers to gain most in-demand comprehensive skills, access quality cutting-edge courses and pragmatic web tools, witness self-improvement through the ICT-competency assessment, participate in project-based online and gain on-site training opportunities, co-create local digital learning resources database and much more.


Handbook on Facilitating Flexible Learning During Educational Disruption.
UNESCO INRULED and Smart Learning Institute of Beijing Normal University are releasing a special publication that describe several implemented flexible online learning strategies during the COVID-19 outbreak and aim to help other educators, researchers and practitioners implement similar case studies in their context.


    Coronavirus is posing unprecedented challenges to schools, colleges and universities around the globe. To help you keep the learning going, a coalition of education organizations has curated free tools, strategies, tips and best practices for teaching online.
  • Coronavirus Response Community
    In this community, educators are coming together to help meet those challenges. Ask questions, get advice, and learn what other educators are doing around the world.


  • Group has introduced  a set of measures to help schools and universities quickly switch to distance learning. For distance learning, free features of VKontakte and Odnoklassniki social networks are recommended: communities, chats, life streaming and apps.
  • Group for Education communities at VKontakte and Odnoklassniki provide daily updates about services for distance learning: detailed instructions, lifehacks and video lessons.
  • GeekBrains educational portal provides universities with temporal free access to its online learning management system and will open access to courses on programming, design, management and marketing.
  • Skillbox online university has opened access to its applied courses.
  • Algoritmika coding school for children has opened access to its distance learning system. Computer science and coding courses are designed for primary and secondary school students.


Odnoklassnikisocial media network has prepared a detailed instruction how to use its services for distance learning. We are teachers! community hosts a call center for video calls within OK. This service will allow all teachers to get advice on distance learning in social networks.



  • The Open University of China is offering hundreds of thousands of open education resources to learners in and out of China. There are different categories of resources covering the areas of epidemic prevention and control, educational resources at higher and vocational education level, short courses for social lifelong learners, resources for learners from kindergarten to middle school, and videos by scientists.
  • The Open University of China has launched a website called “Duoyutong” (Multilanguage learning website), which supplies English, Spanish, French, Russian, Portuguese, German, Japanese and Korean courses.
  • The university also offers special courses that provide advice on COVID-19 prevention and tips how to maintain mental health during the crisis; they also contain information about Chinese culture, as well as facts about nature and science.


  • Shanghai Open University international exchange learning network (available in English)
  • Shanghai Learning Network (available in Chinese)
    Shanghai learning net provides comprehensive and personalized learning cloud services, such as online learning, activity sharing, schoolmate communication, map service, intelligent online search, lifelong learning files and credit certification, to the middle and senior citizens, parents of primary and middle school students, workers and migrant workers.
  • Shanghai Educational Resources Center (available in Chinese)
    Shanghai educational resource center covers more than 65,000 high-quality educational resources, including video, books, texts, online courses, multimedia courseware, and other forms. The resource center adopts the virtuous cycle mode of “converge-management-shared-optimization” to provide all kinds of educational institutions and learning platforms with needed resource sharing and application services.
  • Shanghai Open University online learning platform (available in Chinese)
    Students of Shanghai Open University can log on to the learning platform of Shanghai Open University to study online courses, do homework, and answer questions with teachers.
  • Traditional Chinese culture (available in English)
    This course is a brief introduction to Confucius and Confucianism, Chinese painting, literature, opera, medicine, Four Great Inventions of Ancient China and other traditional Chinese culture.
  • Folklore with Chinese characteristics (available in Chinese)
    Chinese folk customs, as an essential part of the culture, have been well inherited and carried forward—the unique characteristics of Chinese folk customs reflected in those indigenous traditional Chinese festivals.
  • Chinese classical dance (available in Chinese)
    Through the study of this course, students can both physically and mentally prepare in the dance performance, and the harmony and unity of strength and rhythm can make the whole dance have a sense of rhythm.


  • CodeMonkey
    CodeMonkey is a leading online coding curriculum for K-8th Grade. With gamified coding courses, students learn the fundamentals of computer programming as they solve puzzles and build games in real coding languages such as Python.
  • Dr. Panda
    Dr. Panda, part of TAL Education Group (NYSE: TAL), is a children’s brand for education and entertainment, mainly producing kids’ games, education software and TV Animations for a global audience.
  • FirstLeap English
    First Leap English is a high-end quality education brand, focusing on providing international English training services for children aged 2-15 years old, currently covering 70 cities nationwide. First Leap English utilizes AI education technology to effectively drive online and offline complete learning, to provide children with 24/7 English immersion solutions.

More details about the resources


VK has prepared a detailed guide for using VK tools for distance education. These tools include communities, chats, videos and live steams. The guide includes recommendations for schools and universities, as well as teachers and instructors how to shift to distance learning, bring learners together for communication, share learning materials and organize webinars through life streaming at VK from desktops and mobile devices.


  • Yandex launched a free online school that operates full-time. For learners from grade 5 to 11 Yandex.School provides video lessons on more than 15 subjects of the school curriculum, varying from physics to history of world art. These lessons are streamed at Yandex.Efir. Yandex.School also conducts popular science talks, lessons on geometry, and classes to help learners get prepared for unified state examination and basic state examination. These talks and video lessons are streamed at Yandex.Efir and posted at Yandex.Tutor service.
  • Yandex.School offers to teachers a video platform for conducting lessons with their students – it is part of a larger Education.Yandex service. In addition, Education.Yandex hosts more than 50 thousand tasks on three subjects: Russian, mathematics and biology. Yandex.Teacher offers webinars to help teachers organize distance learning.
  • YandexPracticum (available in English) and YandexAcademy provide access to online courses for beginner IT-specialists and other opportunities to master coding, analytics and testing skills.


Zoom has temporarily lifted the 40 minute time limit for free/basic users by request, in 20+ countries around the world for K-12 schools impacted by the Coronavirus to help enable teachers to continue teaching virtually. Request to have the limit lifted for your school here.


100E fighting COVID-19
100E helps every K12 school as well as university around the world fighting COVID-19 with free access to its distance learning tools based on 100E’s “Cloud Group Broadcasting” technology.


Digital resources for distant learning

The following educational platforms for distant learning can help learners, parents, teachers, and schools in Eastern Europe and Central Asia facilitate learning and interaction during periods of school closure. The list is not exhaustive and these resources do not carry UNESCO’s endorsement, however many of them have wide reach and user-base.


    • Lesson time – a TV programme, which is broadcast 5 days a week at Mədəniyyət и ARB Günəş channels. TV lessons span across all grades and subjects. They are available also the Youtube channel of the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan and its official account in Facebook.
    • – the portal hosts over 1650 video lessons. There are also videos with 3D animation, lessons developed by Khan Academy and video lessons for students’ assessment.  The lessons are developed in line with the national curriculum.
    • – the portal provides access to 256 electronic resources and 28 educational materials.
    • Ilkaddimlar – Provides access to educational resources including e-textbooks.
    • Testbook  – A platform with free access to tests for school and university students.
    • E-resurs  – Free access to e-textbooks, e-tests, video lessons, and e-learning.
    • – A collection of video lessons on all school subjects and grades. The video lessons are prepared in accordance with the general education curriculum and are recommended by the Ministry of Education to be used by learners during temporal school closure.


    • Armenian educational environment – Provides free access to multiple educational resources including lesson plans, courses, e-books and other.
    • Bats das – YouTube channel of the Armenian Public TV with access to TV lessons.
    • Esource – Provides access to video lessons on physics, geometry, chemistry and biology.
    • Dasaran – Provides free access to online encyclopedia on school subjects, e-books, contests and games to primary and secondary school students.
    • Bonus – An interactive online educational platform with free access to online video lessons, readers, for secondary school students.
    • Khan Academy – Nonprofit organization that offers free online courses, lessons and practice for learners, teachers and parents in 40 languages, including Armenian.
    • Collection of school e-textbooks.


    • National Education Portal – Free access to educational resources to learners, teachers and parents.
    • Adukar – Educational portal for teachers, learners and parents. Offers free video lessons, online self-training for school exit examination in 9 subjects in Belarussian and Russian.
    • MovaNanova – First online course of Belarussian language. Offers 235 free lessons.


    • Elibrary – e-library with textbooks of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia.
    • BTU – Business and Technology University offers free access to remote session on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship which combine video blogs, lectures, e-readers and podcasts.
    • Feedc – new Georgian communication platform for distant learning, recommended by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia. Allows teachers to conduct lessons with their students in real time.
    • Distanceleaning – portal of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia for distant learning of the Georgian language.
    • Silkschool – offers open and free video lessons on various subjects of the school curriculum.
    • Khan Academy – free online courses, lessons and practice for learners, teachers and parents in 40 languages, including Georgian.


    • Bilimland – An open platform with free access to interactive lessons on different subjects developed in line with primary and secondary school curriculum, courses for university students and multiple resources for teachers: lesson plans, guides, forum to share experience, video lessons and webinars in Kazakh and Russian.
    • online – An educational portal with access to video lessons.
    • Kazakhstan Open University – An educational platform with free access to online courses from Kazakh leading universities and instructors in Kazakh and Russian.
    • Kazakhstan national open education platform established by leading universities of Kazakhstan. Offers online courses in the basic undergraduate disciplines studied in Kazakh and Russian.
    • Uztaz – A portal for educators, provides access to free lesson plans and online courses. Requires registration.
    • Soyle – Online courses to learn Kazakh language for children and adults.
    • Opiq – open collection of e-textbooks.


    • Ibilim – An open educational portal endorsed by the Ministry of Education of Kyrgyzstan with free access to online video and audio lessons for primary school students on mathematics, Kyrgyz, Russian and English languages, music, arts, country study in Kyrgyz and Russian.
    • Bilim Bulagy – An open educational portal endorsed by the Ministry of Education of Kyrgyzstan with free access to online lessons with videos for secondary school students (grades 5-9) on mathematics, biology, history, physics, chemistry, geography,  English language, Kyrgyz and world literature in Kyrgyz and Russian.
    • Lib – open library of materials (including textbooks and guides for teachers) distributed under open license.
    • Kitep – open e-library of the Ministry of Education of Kyrgyzstan.


    • Russian e-school – An open educational platform supported by the Ministry of Education of Russia which brings together teachers, learners and parents together and provides free access to high-quality interactive lessons, practice and tests on all subjects from grade 1 to 11, lesson plans, tasks to assess learners and other resources. The resource is design to ensure quality education to all.
    • ru – A collection of video lessons on school core subjects in Russian; some lessons are free, others are for fee. InternetUrok’ open YouTube channel offers free access to 4500 video lessons for learners and their parents.
    • ru – An interactive online platform which offers over 30,000 tasks on core subjects developed in edutainment format. Can be used by teachers for training the whole class or individually by parents for each student. In both cases, the system offers individualized learning. Requires registration.
    • Deti I Nauka – An open educational resource on science (biology, mathematics, chemistry, physics, other) for primary and secondary school. Offers lessons, facilitated by leading teachers with videos, tasks and reader.
    • GetAClass – An open and free educational resource on physics and mathematics with tasks, readers, educational videos, interactive simulators which students and teachers can use for regular classes and also for preparation for exit examinations. Teachers can track students’ achievements.
    • InfoUrok – An open educational portal which provides access to video lectures, lesson plans and tests for teachers and over 3,000 video lessons for students.
    • Znanija – A community of high and middle-school students and experts from around the world (35+ countries) that share knowledge and solve problems. Has over 50+ million answered questions related to mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, languages, literature, other subjects.
    • Kid-mama – Provides free access to online games, interactive tasks, lessons, reading materials, handouts for pre-schoolers, primary and lower secondary school students.
    • Znayka – Provides free access to 1300 video lessons on 22 subjects created by experienced teachers for learners from grade 1 to 11. Lessons are based on state school curriculum.
    • YaKlass – Digital platforms that provides students with free access to 1500 educational videos and numerous tasks for self-testing. If student fails, the platform explains how to solve the task and offers another one. Teachers can trace students’ achievements. Parents can also practice to better support their children in learning.
    • Nauchpok – A YouTube channel with 2.12 million subscribers (207 million views) which offers edutainment videos on a wide range of topics some of which were created in collaboration with UNESCO IITE.
    • Universarium – An open e-learning system of online courses and lectures from Russian universities.
    • PushkinOnline – The portal combines an online course of Russian as a foreign language, an online school for teachers of Russian as a foreign language, open online courses for those studying Russian as a foreign language and an integrated social network to enable communication between interested parties.
    • Lectorium – An open platform for MOOCs and archive of video lectures.
    • Open Education – Russian national open education platform of online courses on core disciplines studied in the Russian universities.
    • Khan Academy – Nonprofit organization that offers free online courses, lessons and practice for learners, teachers and parents in 40 languages, including.
    • Resources recommended by the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation for schoolchildren, for supplementary education and leisure, for teachers and college students.
    • Methodological recommendations of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation for providing distant learning.
    • Online marathon of the open broadcasts “Home hour” of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation is held at its community on social media VK (Vkontakte) to support parents, schoolchildren and students who stay at home in order to protect their health in the current epidemiological situation.


    • EdEra – Massive open online courses on a variety of topics for students and teachers. The platform provides free access to interactive learning materials and free educational videos at its YouTube channel with over 55,000 subscribers and 16+ million views.
    • ZNO-online – A portal for preparation for external independent assessment tests for school graduates created the leading Ukrainian educational online resource ua.
    • Rozvitok ditini – A educational portal that provides free access to workbooks and hands-on task generator that allows teachers and parents to create customized tasks for an individual learners or the whole class.
    • Miyklas – An online platform for teachers, learners and their parents which offers ready-made tasks for self-training in the main school subjects. It acts as a virtual tutor by explaining steps in task solving.
    • ua – An open educational resource which promotes interactive learning by offering over 8,000 online tasks, tests and educational games for core subjects. All resources fully comply with the requirements of the Ministry of Education of Ukraine and international standards of Common Core.
    • Prometheus – Claims to be the first and largest free education project for anyone and everyone in Ukraine; makes the best courses available from leading teachers, universities and organizations worldwide.
    • Naurok – An educational portal which provides learners with free access to interactive tasks for learning (individually and in a group with teacher’s guidance) and self-testing on over 30 subjects and themes. Has a collection of educational videos.
    • Autta – Preventive education portal for health educators which provides access to over 3,000 guides, lesson plans, educational videos and other learning and teaching materials as well as online courses.
    • Khan Academy – Nonprofit organization that offers free online courses, lessons and practice for learners, teachers and parents in 40 languages, including Ukrainian.


    • uz – The official portal of the Ministry of Public Education of Uzbekistan which provides free access to teachers and learners to electronic textbooks, video lessons, tests, virtual laboratories, audio lessons, educational games, lesson plans, exit examination tests and other teaching and learning materials for all grades of primary and secondary school in Uzbek and Russian.
    • uz – Mobile applications for online learning in Uzbek and Russian languages.
    • uz – A repository of electronic and audio books.
    • uz – “Our online school” portal provides access to electronic books, video lessons, video courses on all subjects of the school curriculum.
    • – Provides access to online courses.
    • Ziyonet – Provides access to online courses, audio- and e-books, educational games and other resources for teachers, learners and parents in Uzbek and Russian.
    • Test-Uz – An aggregator which provides free access to online video lessons, tests, e-books, guides for schools, colleges and universities. Russian.
    • Idum – A portal for teachers and learners with tests, lesson plans, video lessons, audio lessons, presentations, games and mobile applications.
    • Khan Academy – Nonprofit organization that offers free online courses, lessons and practice for learners, teachers and parents in 40 languages, including Uzbek.
    • Uzedu – the official portal of the Ministry of Public Education of Uzbekistan which provides resources for learning: table of video lessons, streaming on television, recommendations for parents, learners and teachers, video lessons, links to various educational resources. Corresponding information is posted on the Ministry’s Facebook page and on its Telegram channel Video lessons are available on the Telegram channel of the Ministry Uzeduonlinemaktab.
    • provides access to e-books and audiobooks.



SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee Urges Protection of Education, now and post-crisis

7 April 2020
In the face of school closures affecting 1.5 billion students in 187 countries, Steering Committee members focused their recommendations on the urgency of equity measures, supporting teachers and averting the fallout from a financial crisis that could exacerbate learning inequalities and deepen the education crisis. (SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee)

4 ways COVID-19 could change how we educate future generations

7 April 2020
While we know that the impact of this virus will be far-reaching, what might it mean in the longer term for education? For a while now, educators around the world have been talking about the need to rethink how we educate future generations. These topics are discussed in the article. (World Economic Forum)

UNESCO mobilizes 122 countries to promote open science and reinforced cooperation in the face of COVID-19

6 April 2020
UNESCO on 30 March hosted an online meeting of representatives of ministries in charge of science all over the world. Participants included 77 ministers, including governmental secretaries representing a total of 122 countries. The objective of the meeting was to exchange views on the role of international cooperation in science and increased investment in the context of COVID-19. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay called on governments to reinforce scientific cooperation and integrate open science in their research programmes to prevent and mitigate global crises. (UNESCO)