Situation analysis on the effects of and responses to COVID-19 on the education sector in Asia: Regional synthesis report

Case Studies & Research
104 p.

The global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic makes it unique, affecting the whole world with the twin shocks of a health emergency and an economic recession. This will lead to long-term costs on human capital accumulation, development prospects and welfare. The pandemic has affected all parts of the world and the responses to the situation have disproportionally impacted the most vulnerable and marginalized members of society. This Situation Analysis has been undertaken as part of the broader analysis initiated by UNICEF and UNESCO to provide a snapshot of the educational responses and effects of COVID-19 across Asia. It considers the direct effects of school closures and reopenings and identifies the initial impact that this may have had on learners, their families as well as on the overall education system. The objectives of the analysis are: To assess and estimate the various impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education sector and stakeholders in Asia; To examine the policy and financial implications on progress towards achieving Sustainable DevelopmentGoal (SDG) 4-Education 2030; and To identify examples of promising responses and strategies in education and associated social sectors, which can be shared with other countries.