Combating COVID-19: Updates and announcements

Effective leadership in crisis: What it takes for ministries of education?

5 June 2020

Good government leadership is paramount during any crisis. To protect education for all, ministries of education must take on a strong leadership role. But, what makes – or breaks – effective leadership during crisis? How can those at the helm of an education system galvanize its staff and communities, and make important links with other line ministries? These questions are discussed in the article. (UNESCO IIEP)

Global Education Coalition facilitates free internet access for distance education

4 June 2020

Major mobile telephone operators that are part of UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition have stepped up efforts to improve connectivity by providing free access to online educational content for students in all regions of the world affected by Covid-19 induced school closures. To take stock of lessons learned in recent months and explore solutions to bridge digital divides, UNESCO organized a webinar on connectivity on 22 May, which brought together partners from the Coalition and beyond. (UNESCO)

UNESCO Member States Group was made to boost global citizenship education post COVID-19

3 June 2020

A new group made up of UNESCO Member States and focused on exchanging experiences and finding ways to counter hate and discrimination in the post COVID-19 period, has held its first virtual meeting. The questions of how to reinforce international solidarity through the promotion of Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and how to effectively respond to the rise in incidents of hatred, discrimination and stigmatization amplified by the pandemic, were discussed at the meeting. (UNESCO)

Rebuilding a ‘new normal’ for girls’ education amid COVID-19

2 June 2020

An intergenerational dialogue between young women activists and the CEO of Plan International was held on 21 May to discuss the vision for a ‘new normal’ for girls’ education where gender equality and inclusion are central to education systems. Organized by the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) – partner of the Gender Flagship, this is part of a series of dialogues facilitating the inclusion of youth voices in COVID-19 educational responses. (UNESCO)

Safe to learn during COVID-19: New recommendations released

1 June 2020

Responding to the heightened need to protect children and young people during COVID-19, UNESCO, as part of the Safe to Learn coalition, has issued a suite of support materials for governments and other stakeholders. This includes a technical note on COVID-19 and its implications for protecting children online, guidance for education ministries as they support schools to provide safe online learning experiences, and a set of recommendations for governments to help prevent and respond to violence against children in different learning environments, including at home. (UNESCO)

Six key messages on the protection of the right to education of people in situations of mobility in the context of COVID-19

29 May 2020

The Education and Human Mobility Working Group and the Regional Office of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) call on the countries of the region to not forget the spirit of the 2030 Agenda: “leaving no one behind”. The Working Group brings together technical teams dedicated to human mobility issues from the Ministries of Education of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru to provide key messages to guarantee the right to education for people on the move in this region. (UNESCO)

How to prepare for the reopening? IESALC recommendations for how to transition towards the new normal in higher education

28 May 2020

The Institute suggests to higher education institutions that they follow a 3 – Phase Plan: distance teaching continuity; resumption of face-to-face teaching activities respecting health protocols and restructuring teaching models to create a hybrid one which includes classroom and virtuality. IESALC also calls on States and Institutions to give priority attention to the lack of equipment and connectivity; and ensure connectivity. (UNESCO IESALC)

Collecting essential education data during the Covid-19 crisis

22 May 2020

Statistical institutes in low- and middle-income countries face significant pressures to collect education data under quarantine. Given the difficulties imposed by the Covid-19 crisis, the basic questions for ministries of education, their agencies and statistical institutions are: (i) what data to collect, and (ii) how to collect it, to monitor learning equity. These questions, along with others, are discussed in the article. (World Education Blog)

Flexible learning during Covid-19: how to ensure quality higher education at a distance

21 May 2020

The Covid-19 outbreak closed universities and other tertiary education institutions in 175 countries, affecting over 220 million post-secondary students. Some institutions moved their classes to online and distance education platforms thanks to their pre-existing experience, but many others struggled. In some countries, this lack of preparedness resulted in delays in moving the courses online; in others, governments have halted higher education completely for an indefinite period of time. (World Education Blog)

Over 500 million of the world’s children and youth not accessing distance learning alternatives

21 May 2020

Since February 2020, school closures in 190 countries have caused widespread disruption of the education of 1.27 billion children and youth or some 95% of primary and secondary students worldwide. While governments in four out of five countries with school closures have proposed national distance learning alternatives in efforts to ensure continuity of curriculum-based study and learning, other countries have not. (World Education Blog)