Lessons for education during the coronavirus crisis

A joint international initiative to support quality education

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a stress test for education systems around the world.

With hundreds of millions of learners forced to stay home, education policy makers are working to ensure that classes continue, and that the most vulnerable don’t get left behind.

With many different approaches being taken by countries worldwide, the coronavirus crisis is an opportunity for policy makers to learn from each other and co-operate to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.

Combining the expertise of the Harvard Global Education Innovation Initiative, HundrED, the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills and the World Bank Group Education Global Practice, we have gathered information from around the world on the education response to the crisis.

Here, read analysis from education experts about responses to the crisis, lessons learnt from implementing response strategies in different contexts, and find resources for educators, policy makers and learners to ensure education doesn’t stop.


Framework to guide an education response

How successful were education continuity strategies?

The result of a second joint OECD-Harvard Graduate School of Education survey of education leaders and teachers this report assesses how the coronavirus crisis changed schooling and what lessons were learned during school closures. The report also looks at school re-opening strategies.

Developing an education strategy during the coronavirus crisis

The result of a joint OECD-Harvard Graduate School of Education rapid assessment of education responses to the coronavirus pandemic in almost 100 countries, this report provides policy makers with a framework to develop plans to ensure disruptions to education are minimised during the crisis.

OECD country notes on school education during COVID-19:

Were teachers and students ready?

The OECD has compiled a series of country notes bringing together evidence from various OECD education surveys to examine countries’ responses to the COVID-19 crisis, to inform and guide future policy responses to the crisis.


Education continuity stories

Learning from international education responses to the crisis

Working with our colleagues at the Harvard Global Education Innovation Initiative, HundrED, and the World Bank Group Education Global Practice, we are collecting stories from countries around the world about the solutions their education systems are using and how they are adapting to different student and teacher needs during the coronavirus crisis.

Lessons on TV in Latvia: A collaborative effort

The Tava klase (Your class) project saw the government partner with private television companies in Latvia to produce and broadcast educational segments during school hours. Teachers were recruited to record their lessons, assigned a theme from the national curriculum but able to teach the lesson how best they saw fit.

Affordable and effective remote learning in India

The Indian state of Nagaland was quick to react to school closures, creating lessons to broadcast on radio and television, as well as on the Internet, crowdsourcing the content from local teachers and educators. Encouraging community participation helped ensure the response was cost-effective and right for the local context.

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Minority-language radio lessons in Uganda

None of the radio lessons made available by the Ugandan government after schools closed were in Kumam, the main language of a rural district in the country’s central-north. A community-based not-for-profit stepped in to sponsor educational radio talk shows in Kumam to ensure students didn’t miss out on learning.


Online education resources

Resources for students, teachers, parents and policy makers

Made in collaboration with the Harvard Global Education Innovation Initiative, HundrED, and the World Bank Group Education Global Practice, this repository contains resources that can be used to help educate learners while schools and universities are closed.


Guidelines and briefs

Remote Learning and COVID-19

The use of educational technologies at scale across an education system
as a result of massive school closings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
to enable distance education and online learning.

Rapid Response Guidance Note: Educational television and COVID-19

Guidance Note: Remote Learning and COVID-19


Analysis from the experts

The OECD coronavirus (COVID-19) policy hub

The OECD is compiling data, analysis and recommendations on a range of topics to address the emerging health, economic and societal crisis, facilitate co-ordination, and contribute to the necessary global action when confronting this enormous collective challenge.

Read more on the OECD coronavirus policy hub.


Join the conversation

Share your stories of education’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis using the hashtag #LessonsForEducation

This webpage is the result of a joint initiative on addressing the educational challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis globally by the Harvard Global Education Innovation Initiative, HundrED, the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills and the World Bank Group Education Global Practice.

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