The Long-Term Impact of COVID-19 on Educational Systems in Africa: Perspectives of Education Stakeholders from sub-Saharan Africa

Global school closures, deployed to curb the spread of COVID-19, have affected educational systems worldwide, threatening the disruption of the strides made in attainment of quality and equitable education, especially on the African continent. While governments established several interventions to mitigate the short-term consequences of COVID-19, little is known about the long-term impact of COVID-19 on education, particularly from the perspectives of national education stakeholders.

The purpose of this study was to provide stakeholders’ perspectives on the envisioned long-term impact of COVID-19 on the educational systems in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa that are part of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The study also aimed to identify evidence gaps and support countries need for crises preparedness with the aim of curtailing the anticipated longterm impacts of COVID-19 on education in Africa. This study is part of the series of studies conducted under the KIX COVID-19 Observatory project.