Return to Learning During COVID-19
Office of Education Policy Brief
The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented global challenge. On April 2, 2020, at the peak of the virus’s impact on education globally, approximately 1.6 billion learners, from pre-primary through tertiary education, were affected by school closures in at least 194 countries— approximately 91.3 percent of the world’s enrolled students. Since this peak, countries have begun reopening education institutions. When learners return to the classroom, many will have been out of school or training for several months.
To respond to this disruption, it is critical to re-engage learners, including those who dropped out, and to address educational disparities faced by the most marginalized. Countries will need to navigate learner progression and adapt learning so that learners receive essential instructional content. They may implement catch-up programs and continue distance learning as part of remedial education efforts. This will be done alongside new infection prevention and control measures, while ensuring the psychosocial wellbeing of learners and educators.