COVID-19 Education Situation Analysis in East Asia

Effects of and Responses to COVID-19 on the Education Sector Sub-regional Report

Xiaoyu learning from home using her digital device and an internet connection


This sub-regional situational analysis provides a snapshot of the educational responses and effects of COVID-19 across East Asia based on a comprehensive desk-review of qualitative and quantitative evidence, complemented by key informant interviews with relevant education officials, local authorities and teachers across three countries in the sub-region (China, Japan and the Republic of Korea).

Sub-regional situation analyses are also available for Southeast Asia and South Asia and a summary of findings is available in a regional situation analysis for Asia. In addition, 14 country case studies on the impacts of COVID-19 on the education sector, including thematic deep dives, lessons learned and recommendations, have been conducted.

The situation analysis considers the direct effects of school closures and reopening and identifies their impact on learners, their families as well as on the overall education system. The objectives of the analysis are:

  1. to assess and estimate the various impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic on the education sector and stakeholders in East Asia;
  2. to examine policy and financial implications on progress towards achieving SDG 4-Education 2030; and
  3. to identify examples of promising responses and strategies in education and associated social sectors, which can be shared with other countries.

This situation analysis is a collaboration between UNESCO, UNICEF ROSA and UNICEF EAPRO partly funded by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) under the UNESCO-UNICEF-World Bank joint project on Global and Regional Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

See all country case studies, sub-regional and regional reports here

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UNICEF ROSA, UNICEF EAPRO, UNESCO Bangkok, Cambridge Education
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