Global issues affecting teachers, children, and schools around the world.
Teachers Without Borders | Issue 6 | May 2020
UNICEF Innocenti is investing in rapid research response efforts to provide the evidence necessary for research-informed action on COVID-19. The research will support rapid assessment, development, and implementation of mitigating measures and effective programming. The full research agenda is available here.
Spotlight on COVID-19 and Remote Learning
UNESCO has published a collection of issue notes on the impact of COVID-19 on education. The resources focus on several themes, including Health and Wellbeing, Gender Equity and Equality, Teaching and Learning, Vulnerable Populations, and others. The issue notes summarize effective practices and offer practical recommendations.
This webinar from the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies explores how to provide distance learning in low-resource and low-tech contexts. The presentation includes recommendations and practical examples.
See also: Lessons from COVID-19: Getting Remote Learning Right
School closures around the world are exacerbating inequalities in access to education. Despite the efforts of many governments around the world to provide remote education solutions, at least 500 million children and youth worldwide are not continuing their education. According to this report, "school closures in many ... contexts have been implemented with no apparent national distance learning alternative to offset the interruption of learning."
According to data compiled by the Teacher Task Force, an international alliance coordinated by UNESCO, over 800 million students across the globe do not have access to a household computer to support their remote learning. Just over 706 million have no internet. These disparities are especially concerning in sub-Saharan Africa.
Voices of Youth has compiled a collection of stories and videos by children and youth around the world in which they share how they cope, keep learning, and stay positive during the pandemic.
Five Questions on the COVID-19 Pandemic
UNICEF's Henrietta H. Fore answers questions about the pandemic from children and youth around the world.
This article recommends that we start discussing the policies required to address the long-term impact of COVID-19. It argues that key development achievements of the past few decades will be lost or reversed, young children and their education will be the most impacted, and current disparities in access to social services and education will be severely exacerbated.
Girls' Education
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