Framework for Reopening Schools Supplement


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The cost of closing schools – which at the peak of pandemic lockdowns affected 90 per cent of students worldwide and left more than a third of schoolchildren with no access to remote education – has been devastating. Children’s ability to read, write and do basic math has suffered, as has the development of their skills to reach their future development. There is emerging evidence not only of learning being stalled, but also regression in basic skills acquisition.  

UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Bank, World Food Programme and UNHCR have developed a Recovery Supplement to the Framework on reopening schools. Recovery in the education sector requires that all children return to school, putting in place quality remedial learning programmes quickly and at scale, as well as comprehensive support to children and youth when they do return so that they are able to learn more effectively than before. Schools, teachers and children should be supported to plan and prepare for future shocks and be provided with relevant teaching and learning skills to be ready to face the global challenges of our times.  

The supplement offers a collection of key resources to support recovery as schools reopen after months of closure due to COVID-19 – including policy research, practical guides, and emerging best practices to help countries in the preparation and implementation of their national education recovery process. 

The Recovery Supplement to the Framework highlights three key priorities for recovery when schools reopen. 

  1. Make sure all children return to school. 
  1. Put in place targeted remedial/accelerated learning programmes at-scale including summer programmes, utilising digital tools, etc. 
  1. Provide comprehensive support to children and youth through the recovery process and beyond. 


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