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.

Reports and major surveys

The state of school education one year into the COVID pandemic

The OECD – in collaboration with UNESCO, UNICEF and The World Bank – has been monitoring the situation across countries and collecting data on how each system is responding to the crisis, from school closures and remote learning, to teacher vaccination and gradual returns to in-class instruction.

This report presents the preliminary findings from this survey, providing a snapshot of the situation one year into the COVID crisis.

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.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Education: Insights from the OECD’s Education at a Glance 2020 report

OECD Director for Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher gives his insights and interpretations from the OECD’s Education at a Glance 2020 report – the go-to source for information on the state of education around the world.

OECD country notes and snapshots

Initial policy responses to COVID-19

These Education Policy Outlook snapshots offer an insight into immediate responses of some OECD education systems to ensure education continuity during the initial stages of the pandemic.

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’ readiness and responses to COVID-19, 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 around the world about the solutions education systems are using and how they are adapting to different student and teacher needs during the coronavirus crisis.

Education resources requiring no Internet connection

The Education Above All foundation developed the Internet Free Education Resource Bank in consultation with education experts from around the world when the pandemic began. The materials can be distributed via a number of low-tech channels, and have so far been piloted in India, Kenya, Lebanon, Pakistan and Zambia.

Learning through podcasts in Colombia

A prender la Onda is an initiative started by Enseña por Colombia which designs, records and distributes educational podcasts via local radio stations, WhatsApp, community loudspeakers and podcast platforms. This grassroots solution is 100% led by teachers, and was rolled out and scaled quickly in response to the crisis.

Supporting teachers and students around the world from Spain

After COVID school closures, the ProFuturo digital education programme opened its training courses and educational resources to everyone, free of charge, regardless of whether they were enrolled in the programme or not. Content is available in four languages.

TopClass podcast: Experts discuss continuity stories from Japan and the United States

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

Ten Principles for Effective and Equitable Educational Recovery from COVID

The OECD and Education International have jointly established 10 principles that can facilitate the collaboration of education authorities, the teaching profession and their organisations to navigate the crisis effectively and reshape education systems after the pandemic to reach greater levels of educational quality and equity.

A Policy Maker’s Handbook for More Resilient Systems

Remote online exams in higher education during the COVID-19 crisis

Mobile Distance & Hybrid Education Solutions Knowledge Pack

Remote and Online Learning and COVID-19

Rapid Response Guidance Note: Educational television and COVID-19

Guidance Note: Remote Learning and COVID-19

Educational Radio Knowledge Pack

Education responses implementation strategy toolkit

Education TV Knowledge Pack

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.

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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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