According to UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the closure of schools in 188 countries, affecting more than 1.5 billion students and 63 million primary and secondary teachers worldwide.
While all levels and types of education are facing serious challenges, it was noticed that there has been insufficient discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on the early childhood education (ECE) workforce.
Thus, UNESCO, UNICEF, Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC), the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative (ECWI) and International Step by Step Association (ISSA) and designed a joint Survey for ECE centre managers, heads of pre-primary/preschool, and ECE teachers and practitioners.
The survey aims to: Advocate and raise awareness on the impact of COVID-19 on ECE workforce – to be shared at the upcoming webinar organized by ARNEC as part of its webinar series on “Young children amidst COVID-19” and in future advocacy efforts of partners; Devise policy recommendations for governments - to be shared and endorsed at the 4th Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Forum on ECE; Identify practical solutions for providers to support the ECE workforce; and Contribute to the five year progress review of SDG4 and understand the implications of the status of ECE workforce on progress toward SDG4.
The survey consists of three parts:
Part A: For everyone
Part B: For ECE centre managers/ heads of pre-primary/preschool
Part C: For ECE teachers and practitioners
You can choose to answer the section that is applicable to your context. However, we encourage everyone to provide as much information as possible so that we can better analyze the situation.
Completing the survey should take about 20 minutes. All information collected in this survey will be treated with strict confidentiality.
While results will be made available by country and, for example, by the type of ECE centre/school within a country, neither you, the ECE centre/pre-primary school, nor any centre/school personnel will be identified in any report of the survey results.
Participation in this survey is voluntary and any individual may withdraw from participation at any time. The information you have provided is vital and will be put to immediate use.
The deadline for the survey is 8 May 2020.