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World Bank Education and COVID-19


NEW: Sept 9th Brief: Education Systems' Response to COVID-19 

NEW: Mission: Recovering Education in 2021

Blog: It is time to return to learning 
April 26 brief: The COVID-19 Global Education Tracker is now live 
Report: Education Finance Watch 
Immersive Story: Urgent, Effective Action Required to Quell the Impact of COVID-19 on Education Worldwide, January 24 

The World Bank’s education team is working to support countries as they manage and cope with the crisis today and is advising on remote learning at scale in the immediate to short term as well as supporting operations to facilitate learning after the pandemic is over. The Bank is also providing ongoing support to systemic education reform to ensure that when children do return to school, schools can provide the necessary environments to ensure children learn.

Remote Education and Technology: Lessons during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis

Technology is one of the most critical tools to support remote learning when learners need to remain outside of classrooms. We are providing the countries with information and resources from around the world on the education response to the crisis: CLICK HERE.


Report: Reimagining Human Connections
Skills development in the time of COVID-19: Taking stock of the initial responses in technical and vocational education and training -joint with ILO
Cost-Effective Approaches to Improve Global Learning: What Does Recent Evidence Tell Us Are “Smart Buys” for Improving Learning in Low and Middle Income Countries?
Estimates of COVID-19 Impacts on Learning and Earning in Indonesia: How to Turn the Tide
Joint Initiative for Continuous and Accelerated Learning in response to COVID-19 - with UNESCO and UNICEF under GPE's COVID-19's global grant

Simulating the Potential Impacts of the COVID-19 School Closures and Learning Outcomes: A set of Global Estimates

Learning Poverty in the Time of COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Crisis Within a Crisis

TVET Systems’ response to COVID-19 : Challenges and Opportunities

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Education Financing

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Shocks to Education and Policy Response


Education Systems' Response to COVID-19 (coronavirus)


011 | June 26, 2020: The World Bank releases global simulations of   the   impact   of   the   crisis   on   education   outcomes.  The debate on reopening schools safely continues. World Bank and UNICEF join debate on high stakes exams with a webinar

019 |April 26, 2021: The COVID-19 Global Education Tracker is now live. It monitors recovery planning efforts in more than 200 countries and territories. 

010 | June 12, 2020: Impact of  school  closures  on  education  attainment  and  the  economy  are  becoming  more evident. Brief summarizing latest studies from around the world.

018 | January 19 2021: New year, new school closures as COVID-19 surges in many countries. Distance Learning 2.0 with lessons from Spring 2020.

009 | May 26, 2020: 1.19 billion students (68% of the world’s learners) are in countries that are still with full school lockdowns. COVID19 is impacting education financing. The World Bank offers resources on the topic.

017 | December 19, 2020: A summary of the growing evidence suggesting learning losses are climbing. The World Bank sounds the alarm on the looming long term crisis of a generation to be lost.008 | May 17, 2020Nearly 20 countries including China have moved to gradually reopen schools while others announce cancellation of school year. Still 1.2 billion students are in countries with full school lockdowns- 70% of world learners.
017| December 7, 2020: Annex – Latest on countries reopening schools007 | May 10, 2020: World Bank introduces a country tool or estimating COVID-19 impacts on learning and student outcomes. Schools are still closed or partly closed in 178 countries, with about 73% of students out of school.

016| November 18, 2020: More than 40% of the world’s learners are in countries with school closures still. The World Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF release the second-round results from the global survey on education responses-all aspects of the education systems are impacted.

006| April 24, 2020Schools are closed in 185 countries, with 85% of the world’s learners still shut out.  Those reopening are doing so for select classes and with significant safety measures.

015 | October 22, 2020: All school systems in Europe and Central Asia (ECA) have reopened and returned to mostly traditional schooling with safety measures. The World Bank introduced a supplement to the WB, UNESCO, UNICEF Framework on reopening schools. A summary of studies on affects of COVID-19 on children’s mental health.005| April 10, 2020: 175 or just about every system that was not on extended holiday shutters its schools. The debate emerges on school closures as University College releases a report indicating that keeping kids at home has little impact. Decisions on delay or examination cancellation also begin to emerge.
014 | September 25, 2020: Countries move to reopen schools under a new normal, many with delays as a new wave of the virus is likely looming.  A summary of the latest evidence and debates on school reopening.

004| April 3, 2020: 172 countries announce closures or extension of existing closures while China begins to reopen some schools. Number of Students out of school is 1.5 billion. Remote learning is now heavily introduced, with varying success across systems.

013| August 7, 2020 |ES: About 2/3 of the world’s learners are still impacted by closures. While some countries have reopened, others announce a remote-only start to the new school year.

003| March 27, 2020 | FRSchools are now closed in 168 countries.  World Bank produces a guidance note synthesizing developments around the globe, a dashboard to track closures, and summaries of education technology solutions repository. 

012 | July 12, 2020: 1.13 billion students remain out of school. The first round of World Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF Survey of governments on the education response is released

002 | March 24, 2020161 countries (out of 181 reporting cases) declare national school closures, leaving 1.1 students without schools globally; UK, which originally said they would schools open, reverses policy. 



Supporting Early Learners and Their Families during COVID-19: A Reflection on Korea's Response
Guidance Note on Using Learning Assessment in the Process of School Reopening | SP | FRE l POR
Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel

Educational Television & COVID-19 l RUSSIAN

15 Ways to Support Young Children and their Families in the COVID-19 Response l RUSSIAN

Supporting Tertiary Education for Continuity, Adaptation, and Innovation l RUSSIAN

Principles to Maximize Countries’ Effectiveness in Designing and Executing Remote LearningFrenchSpanish | Russian

Guidance Note on Education Systems’ Response to COVID19French | Russian


In Depth

Education GP July 2021 Newsletter

A summary of activities during the first half of 2021 in support of developing countries’ response to the impact of COVID-19 on Education.

Human Capital Project

The Human Capital Project is a global effort to accelerate more and better investments in people for greater equity and economic growth.

Impact Evaluations

Research that measures the impact of education policies to improve education in low and middle income countries.

Results-Based Financing

A program that supports education services by focusing more sharply on results.

Mapping Our Education Work

Explore where the World Bank supports countries on both the financing and knowledge fronts.