During this time of COVID-19, we are providing regularly updated articles, papers and reports from education experts. You'll find informed perspectives, research and spotlights on innovative approaches to education policy, planning, equity and access.
Education Resources in the Pandemic
The Disappearing Social Safety Net: Public Schools
Professors Larry and Sandra Cuban, argue that public schools form an essential part of a nation’s social safety net, and that the pandemic has made this truth glaringly apparent. They express hope that this knowledge will be translated into greater political and financial support for these vital community institutions. “One of our greatest social safety net has vanished in the blink of an eye. Before the pandemic, schools were societal safeguards in having legal custody of children and youth six to 12 hours a day, granting credentials, and providing meals, social and medical services. Now with schools closed, the importance of schools to not only parents but all citizens has become obvious.”
Policy & Planning
Equity & Access
How Much Will COVID Cut Education Budgets?
In this blog post, education finance experts from the Centre for Global Development warn that the economic shock related to COVID-19 warn the economic shock related to COVID-19 may affect nations’ abilities to meet Sustainable Development Goals related to education.Article
The Blending of Space and Time During COVID-19
The World Bank asks how the emergency response to COVID-19 will impact the future of learning and how education will be re-imagined? They look at critical questions around learning resources, student engagement, teacher and parent engagement, data infrastructure and assessment.Article
Covid-19 school closures and the summer break
UNESCO’s World Education Blog reports on how school closures during the pandemic opens up a broader question about the summer break. Citing studies from the United States, some students in K-12 may exhibit a ‘summer learning loss’, which can be exacerbated by existing inequities. While there is still a lack of evidence across other countries, the pandemic calls into question the school calendar pre-COVID and if this is an opportunity to change it.Article
Startling disparities in digital learning emerge as COVID-19 spreads: UN education agency
New data from UNESCO shows that half of learners at home during the COVID-19 pandemic – over 800 million students – do not have access to a household computer. UNESCO calls for educators and policymakers to expand beyond online learning and include community radio and television broadcasts to their education strategies. UNESCO has also launched the Global Education Coalition of over 90 public and private organizations to develop and share equitable learning solutions during the pandemic.Article