Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak: Education Resources & Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

INEE is monitoring the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, with particular focus on it’s impact on education. The INEE Secretariat is in contact with partners including the Global Education Cluster, UNESCO, and the WHO to support a streamlined response and sharing of information/ resources.


COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The outbreak rapidly evolved affecting other parts of China and outside the country. Cases have been detected in several countries in Asia, but also in Australia, Europe, Africa and North America. Further global spread is likely. 

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your regional, national, and local public health authorities.

Impact on Education

As of 6 March, 26 countries in three different continents have announced or implemented school closures (UNESCO). 14 countries have shut schools nationwide, impacting over 291 million children and youth. A further 13 countries have implemented localized school closures to prevent or contain the spread of COVID-19, potentially preventing an additional 471 million children and youth from attending school. UNESCO has developed and is maintaining a map (see below as of 6 March) of learners affected by school closures caused by COVID-19.



In response to COVID-19’s effect on schools and education, INEE has developed a list of resources to support the provision of education in places affected by COVID-19, with particular focus on distance learning, alternative education, e-learning, and psychosocial support. This list will be updated with new resources as they become available. If you or your organization have relevant resources to be included in this list, please contact


For additional resources or support in this response, contact