Overview of emerging country-level response to providing educational continuity under COVID-19: What's working? What isn't?

This report describes national policy and strategy responses for ensuring educational continuity in the context of widespread school closures implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study focuses on a selection of high-income and low-income contexts deemed to be of greatest interest to the EdTech Hub (including key stakeholders from DfE and DfID). The selected countries include:

  • Asia: China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea
  • South Asia: Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Ghana

The evidence highlights the current, and rapidly changing status of national policy and strategy responses to date. The report examines key themes emerging form policy and strategy response and reflects on these: which are working, and which are not working so well? The nature of the evidence and material available at this stage of the crisis makes firm conclusions hard to reach. Despite this the report concludes with a set of recommendations supported by the literature as it stands.

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Education Development Trust (formerly CFBT), UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), EdTech Hub
UK Department for Education

Authored by

Chris Joynes, Emma Gibbs, Kate Sims, Rob Rodney, Jamie Proctor


Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Research and Evidence