Launch of Practical Guide to Survey ICT Use in Schools

During this global education crisis, the need has never been greater to develop education policies to help sustain learning in the event of future school closures so that learning never comes to a standstill. The development of policies to support the use of distance learning in particular will need to be informed by robust data on information and communication technologies (ICT) use in and out of schools so these skills can be instilled in learners and teachers.

The Importance of Monitoring and Improving ICT Use in Education Post-Confinement

The global provision of schooling is facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Within the span of a few months, 191 countries had closed their schools to deploy social distancing measures in accordance with the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations. More than 1.5 billion students from pre-primary to university-level have been affected by these closures, with classroom-based learning interrupted for indefinite periods of time.

Fact Sheet on essential education data collection during the Covid-19 crisis

As nations contend with a planet-wide pandemic that threatens lives, livelihoods and ways of living, monitoring education data may not be on top of the priority list. However, if we are to avoid losing ground in learning equity and inclusion, the collection of essential data must continue. In these trying times, the UIS offers guidance to ministries of education, their agencies and statistical institutes on what data to collect and how to collect it.

Survey on National Education Responses to COVID-19 School Closures - Due 7 May 2020

As part of the coordinated global education response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Bank are jointly launching the Survey on National Education Responses to COVID-19 School Closures. The survey seeks to collect information from Member States on the country-wide scope of national education responses to the mass school closures from pre-primary to upper secondary levels. Responses to the survey will help better guide local/national policy responses to mitigate the impact of school closures and help prepare for the reopening of schools.

Rethinking Education Post-Coronavirus: Lessons from Spain to Avoid Widening the Socioeconomic Achievement Gap

In a recent post, UNESCO reminded us of the similarity between the learning challenges that fourteenth century societies confronted during the Black Death and the current COVID-19 pandemic. Back then, as William Courtenay remembers, the plague helped develop new ways of teaching and the beginning of the substitution of Latin with popular languages as vehicles to communicate science.

Nurturing Education at Home in the Midst of a Health Crisis: How SDG Indicator 4.2.3 can Help Guide Where More Support is Needed

In the midst of this global health crisis that threatens lives and containment measures that threaten our ways of living, we are faced with the stark reality that the world we return to will be forever altered. The far-reaching consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic may also jeopardize the hard won gains made in improving global education. 

UIS COVID-19 Response: Data to Inform Policies that Mitigate Setbacks in Education Gains

Since the first cases were identified, the coronavirus outbreak has grown into a health crisis of global proportions that threatens lives and containment measures that disrupt our ways of living. It is clear that we have to maintain solidarity to mitigate the impact of this global pandemic, which has far-reaching consequences that may also jeopardize the hard won gains we have made in improving global education as we strive to meet SDG targets. 

New Survey Launched on Public Access to Information for SDG Target 16.10

As part of a UNESCO global initiative to track public access to information, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics is leading the methodological and data collection efforts to monitor SDG Indicator 16.10.2. The survey is comprised of two questionnaires to gather data on public access to information at the national and institutional levels.