Addressing learning loss resulting from school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic

UNICEF Evaluation Office
UNICEF Evaluation Office
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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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School closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic have created the largest disruption of education systems in history. The crisis has also exacerbated pre-existing disparities in education provision, particularly for those living in poor or rural areas.

Following the widespread closure of schools in Spring 2020, UNICEF, working with ministries of education and other key partners, promoted remote learning supported by online, T.V., radio and paper-based provision as an effective way of continuing children’s education. However, access to remote learning has proved to be uneven within and across countries, further exacerbating educational inequalities.

Given the urgent need to address the learning loss that occurred during school closure, the webinar will present the findings of a rapid survey of 113 UNICEF Country Offices and six follow-up focus group interviews conducted between April and June 2021.

Drawing on the latest experimental research into what works to address learning loss, the survey and focus group discussions were designed to provide relevant, immediate and actionable information that could be used to inform UNICEF’S future work on monitoring and addressing learning loss.

Explore Learning Loss at the Country Level



Professor Frank Hardman web


Professor Frank Hardman has held Chairs in Education and International Development at the universities of Newcastle and York in the UK and La Trobe, Melbourne, Australia. His research has largely focused on pedagogy and system-level reforms to teacher education in developing countries and he has lectured and published extensively in these areas.  He has led large-scale research and evaluation projects for research councils, ministries of education and international development agencies including AUSAID, DFID, GIZ, Save the Children, UNESCO, UNICEF, and UNRWA.  He is currently working as an independent consultant on a range of education projects.


Kerrie Proulx, Research Associate, Early Childhood Development


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