Global school closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic present an unprecedented risk to children’s education, protection and wellbeing. By late April, school closures were still disrupting the learning of more than 90 per cent of students, or more than 1.5 billion children and youth - and nearly 370 million children were not receiving school meals.
The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres recently called on governments and donors to prioritize education for all children, including the most marginalized, and the Global Education Coalition was established to support governments in strengthening distance learning and facilitating the reopening of schools.
This Framework aims to inform the decision-making process regarding school reopening, support national preparations and guide the implementation process, as part of overall public health and education planning processes. It is designed to be a flexible tool that can be adapted to each context and updated as the situation changes. The guidelines outline six key priorities to assess the readiness of those schools and inform planning.