As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the globe, our statistical community is facing new challenges. During these trying times, when countries need data more urgently than ever before to plan and monitor emergency response efforts, and prepare for medium- and long-term mitigation and recovery strategies, statistical operations and other office activities are seriously disrupted or interrupted. Responses to the survey will allow the UIS and donor agencies to prepare for the disruption and to design assistance strategies, which will be benefit us all in the long term.
The survey was launched on 10 July 2020. Access the online survey here!
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank seeks to collect information on national education responses to school closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The questionnaire is designed for Ministry of Education officials at central or decentralized level in charge of school education. The questionnaire does not cover higher education or technical and vocational education and training. Analysis of results will allow for policy learning across the diversity of country settings in order to better inform local/national responses and prepare for the reopening of schools.
The survey will be run on a regular basis to ensure that the latest impact and responses are captured. In light of the current education crisis, the COVID-19 education response coordinated by UNESCO with our partners is deemed urgent.
The first round of data collection was completed in mid-June and a second round will be launched in early July 2020.
This survey aims to help the Ministry of Education to get a clearer picture of the response to the crisis and of situation on the ground with focus in primary and secondary education. The purpose of the survey is to generate information that can be used to define courses of action, define the path to the normalization of classes, and help regain the losses in student learning. The survey findings will also help teachers and parents review their own situation, compare it with the situation of others, and help them decide on their participation in school-level solutions.
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. Please consult our fact sheet on The Need to Collect Essential Data During the COVID-19 Crisis for guidance on how essential data collection should and can continue to inform vital policy decisions on education delivery as well as support the health and well-being of learners – especially those in vulnerable populations.
The Global Framework for Educational Statistics Post-COVID-19 is intended to guide the data collection and indicators framework, which will allow governments in low- and middle-income countries to have a clearer picture of the situation, and help them identify specific issues related to the reopening of schools under critical conditions. The Framework is a preliminary statistical framework for COVID-19 and provides a checklist of good practices.
The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) hosted a global virtual meeting, to bring together all TCG Member States and organizations and to support all in the implementation of the SDG 4 Thematic Indicator Framework as we all face the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting took place on 21 April 2020.