UNESCO’s education response to COVID-19


After the historic disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, most schools are back open worldwide but education is still in recovery assessing the damage done and lessons learned. The pandemic affected more than 1.5 billion students and youth with the most vulnerable learners were hit hardest. Some gains already made towards the goals of the 2030 Education Agenda were lost.

From the outset UNESCO's Education Sector worked with ministries of education, public and private partners and civil society to ensure continued learning for all children and youth. The Sector's work is now focused on prioritizing education as a public good for everyone in order to avoid a generational catastrophe and drive sustainable recovery.

Key in its initiatives was the establishment  of the Global Education Coalition, a new model for international cooperation which develops innovative responses to help countries cope with the after effects of the crisis. It counts more than 175 members working around three central themes: gender, connectivity and teachers.

Global response