KIX Observatory: ADEA and AU-CIEFFA launch a brief on teaching and learner well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic

Since mid-March 2020, according to the UNESCO, the COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting an estimated 1.6 billion learners worldwide due to a global closure of schools. In response to the negative impacts of the pandemic on educational systems in Africa, a Consortium comprised of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), the African Union’s International Centre for Girls’ and Women’s Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA), with technical support from the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC), and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), has come together under the Global Partnership for Education (GPEKIX COVID-19 Observatory with the goal of supporting African member states to ensure quality, equity, and well-functioning of teaching and learning; the well-being of teachers and learners at basic levels of education within African member countries, for the resilience of education systems against future crises.

The KIX Observatory on COVID-19 responses collects, synthesizes, and mobilizes evidence about COVID-19 responses in primary and secondary education in Africa, pertaining to the operation of education systems and the well-being of learners. It also tracks emerging research, including the interventions being tested and evaluated, on these topics.

The just released brief titled “Teaching and Learner Well-Being during the COVID-19 Pandemic” has been published to encourage and promote a culture of evidence sharing about policy- and practice-level education interventions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as targeted recommendations. 

The brief – which examines issues and provides success stories as well as key interventions and recommendations – focused on two major areas: 1) Teachers and teaching during COVID-19; and 2) Learner well-being during COVID-19.

▸ Download the brief here

If you have any information about COVID-19 education policy and practice responses or emerging research, please consider sharing it with us by using our “submission form” so that we can include it in our live trackers and share with educational stakeholders in 41 GPE African member countries.

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