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

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.

Peer-to-peer learning to help students continue learning in the Netherlands

Studenten helpen scholieren (students help students) is a web platform that connects university students with high schoolers on line to provide free tutoring, using social media and to reach the students who will benefit the most.

School on TV: How Finland took the classroom to the small screen

Finland’s national broadcaster is airing educational material on television to help ensure students with poor internet connections don’t get left behind. Using social media, they engaged with teachers to test and improve the broadcast content.

Distance learning in one of Latin America’s largest school systems

There are 3.5 million students in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. When schools closed, its department of education worked to implement a holistic strategy for learning and support for students to continue, especially for the most disadvantaged.

More education continuity stories

Reaching students without the Internet in Colombia

“Second chance schools”: Helping vulnerable students in Chile

On the air: Lessons via radio in Liberia and Sierra Leone

Digital education advisors network in France

Free online resources during the crisis in the United States

Non-profit organisations lending a hand in the United States

Lessons from Spain: Online portal for students, teachers and families

Helping disadvantaged students through lockdown in the United States

Continuing school in India’s slums via WhatsApp

Helping parents and carers enrich home learning in Brazil


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

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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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