Survey on National Education Responses to COVID-19 School Closures

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This survey by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank seeks to collect information on national education responses to school closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The questionnaire is designed for Ministry of Education officials at central or decentralized level in charge of school education. The questionnaire does not cover higher education or technical and vocational education and training. Analysis of results will allow for policy learning across the diversity of country settings in order to better inform local/national responses and prepare for the reopening of schools.

The survey will be run on a regular basis to ensure that the latest impact and responses are captured. In light of the current education crisis, the COVID-19 education response coordinated by UNESCO with our partners is deemed urgent.

  • A first wave of data collection started in May and lasted until mid-June 2020.
  • A second wave of data collection will start at the beginning of July. A link to the online survey questionnaire, as well as other formats, will be available shortly.
Type: 
Time Series
Languages Supported: 
English
Topics: 
Education
Health, Nutrition and Population
Public Sector Management
GP & CCSAs: 
Education
Granularity: 
Geographical Coverage: 
World
East Asia & Pacific
American Samoa
Australia
Brunei Darussalam
Cambodia
China
Cook Islands
Fiji
French Polynesia
Guam
Hong Kong SAR, China
Indonesia
Japan
Kiribati
Korea, Dem. People's Rep.
Korea, Rep.
Lao PDR
Macao SAR, China
Malaysia
Marshall Islands
Micronesia, Fed. Sts.
Mongolia
Myanmar
Nauru
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Niue
Northern Mariana Islands
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Samoa
Singapore
Solomon Islands
Taiwan, China
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
Vietnam
Europe & Central Asia
Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Channel Islands
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Faroe Islands
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Isle of Man
Italy
Kazakhstan
Kosovo
Kyrgyz Republic
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands
North Macedonia
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russian Federation
San Marino
Serbia
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Uzbekistan
Latin America & Caribbean
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Aruba
Argentina
Bahamas, The
Barbados
Belize
Bolivia
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Chile
Costa Rica
Colombia
Cuba
Curaçao
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Martinique
Mexico
Montserrat
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Netherlands Antilles
Puerto Rico
Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
St. Barthélemy
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Martin (French part)
St. Lucia
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Uruguay
Venezuela, RB
Virgin Islands (U.S.)
Middle East & North Africa
Algeria
Bahrain
Egypt, Arab Rep.
Djibouti
Iraq
Iran, Islamic Rep.
Israel
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Libya
Malta
Morocco
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Syrian Arab Republic
West Bank and Gaza
United Arab Emirates
Tunisia
Yemen, Rep.
North America
Bermuda
Canada
United States
South Asia
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Pakistan
Nepal
Maldives
Sri Lanka
Sub-Saharan Africa
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Congo, Rep.
Côte d'Ivoire
Ethiopia
Eritrea
Equatorial Guinea
Gabon
Gambia, The
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Reunion
Rwanda
São Tomé and Principe
Seychelles
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sudan
Eswatini
Tanzania
Togo
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Economy Coverage: 
High Income
Low Income
Lower Middle Income
Upper Middle Income
Number of Economies: 
118
Periodicity: 
Periodicity not specified
Temporal Coverage: 
2020
Release Date: 
June 26, 2020

Update Frequency

Update Frequency: 
Update Frequency not specified
Statistical Concept and Methodology: 
Survey Overview The Survey of National Education Responses to COVID-19 School Closures is a country-level survey to monitor national education responses to COVID-19 school closures. The first wave of the Survey seek to collect information from Member States on national education responses to school closures from pre-primary to upper secondary levels. Responses from the Survey will help to better guide local and national policy responses to mitigate the impact of school closures and help prepare for the reopening of schools. The results will also help to inform on the actions from mobilized partners through the UNESCO Global COVID-19 Education Coalition. It is intended to have multiple rounds of data collection in order to capture the developments as governments adapt their actions and policies to national contexts. Who conducted the survey? UNESCO, UNICEF, and the World Bank jointly launched and conducted the Survey of National Education Responses to COVID-19 School Closures as part of the coordinated Global Education Response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Survey was administered by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). How is the survey conducted? The Survey is available in four languages (English, French, Spanish, and Russian) and can be submitted by email or an online survey platform. The survey will be administered at various waves to capture the latest national impacts and responses. Who is surveyed? Ministries of education and statistics units were contacted regarding the completion of the survey. Ideally, it is suggested that a focal point within the ministry be appointed to collect and submit responses on behalf of the country (ideally, a team of two members to ensure response continuity). Countries were informed that their responses would be released in an anonymized public database, where countries’ data would be featured without disclosing the respondents’ information. In addition, respondents had the choice to be excluded from the anonymized database. Therefore, the largest degree of survey participation, integrity, and confidence in the quality of the data were ensured. Structure of the surveys Three major aspects of national education responses were covered in the Survey: education strategies and methods, education participants, and impacts on learning outcomes. Within these categories, over eight topics were included: plans for re-opening schools, school calendar, distance education delivery systems, online distance learning strategies, teachers, students, parents/caregivers, learning, assessment and examinations. Rounds of Data Collection The first round survey data started at the end of April and lasted until mid-June, to which 118 countries participated. However, the size of the final sample is 116 countries, excluding two countries who requested not to be included in the publicly available dataset. In terms of regional distribution, we recorded 2 countries from Northern Africa, 26 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 11 countries from Central and Southern Asia, 14 countries from Eastern and South-eastern Asia, 12 countries from Western Asia, 11 countries from Europe, 30 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean, and 10 countries from Oceania.
Version Description: 
The final dataset, available on the survey webpage”, contains 250 variables including a country identifier, country region, and variables that correspond to each of the questions in the Survey.
Version Production Date: 
Friday, June 26, 2020
Organization: 
UNESCO; UIS; UNICEF; World Bank
Time Periods: 
June, 2020

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This survey by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank seeks to collect information on national education responses to school closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The questionnaire is designed for Ministry of Education officials at central or decentralized level in charge of school education. The questionnaire does not cover higher education or technical and vocational education and training. Analysis of results will allow for policy learning across the diversity of country settings in order to better inform local/national responses and prepare for the reopening of schools.

The survey will be run on a regular basis to ensure that the latest impact and responses are captured. In light of the current education crisis, the COVID-19 education response coordinated by UNESCO with our partners is deemed urgent.

  • A first wave of data collection started in May and lasted until mid-June 2020.
  • A second wave of data collection will start at the beginning of July. A link to the online survey questionnaire, as well as other formats, will be available shortly.
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2020-06-29
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2020

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Public
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Type: 
Languages Supported: 
Time Periods: 
June, 2020
GP & CCSAs: 
Number of Economies: 
118
Update Frequency: 
Is this dataset a subscription: 
No
Version Description: 
The final dataset, available on the survey webpage”, contains 250 variables including a country identifier, country region, and variables that correspond to each of the questions in the Survey.
Geographical Coverage: 
Data Classification of a Dataset: 
Version Production Date: 
Friday, June 26, 2020
Start Date: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
End Date: 
Monday, June 15, 2020
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Programatic Region: 
Release Date: 
Friday, June 26, 2020
Organization: 
UNESCO; UIS; UNICEF; World Bank
Granularity: 
Statistical Concept and Methodology: 
Survey Overview The Survey of National Education Responses to COVID-19 School Closures is a country-level survey to monitor national education responses to COVID-19 school closures. The first wave of the Survey seek to collect information from Member States on national education responses to school closures from pre-primary to upper secondary levels. Responses from the Survey will help to better guide local and national policy responses to mitigate the impact of school closures and help prepare for the reopening of schools. The results will also help to inform on the actions from mobilized partners through the UNESCO Global COVID-19 Education Coalition. It is intended to have multiple rounds of data collection in order to capture the developments as governments adapt their actions and policies to national contexts. Who conducted the survey? UNESCO, UNICEF, and the World Bank jointly launched and conducted the Survey of National Education Responses to COVID-19 School Closures as part of the coordinated Global Education Response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Survey was administered by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). How is the survey conducted? The Survey is available in four languages (English, French, Spanish, and Russian) and can be submitted by email or an online survey platform. The survey will be administered at various waves to capture the latest national impacts and responses. Who is surveyed? Ministries of education and statistics units were contacted regarding the completion of the survey. Ideally, it is suggested that a focal point within the ministry be appointed to collect and submit responses on behalf of the country (ideally, a team of two members to ensure response continuity). Countries were informed that their responses would be released in an anonymized public database, where countries’ data would be featured without disclosing the respondents’ information. In addition, respondents had the choice to be excluded from the anonymized database. Therefore, the largest degree of survey participation, integrity, and confidence in the quality of the data were ensured. Structure of the surveys Three major aspects of national education responses were covered in the Survey: education strategies and methods, education participants, and impacts on learning outcomes. Within these categories, over eight topics were included: plans for re-opening schools, school calendar, distance education delivery systems, online distance learning strategies, teachers, students, parents/caregivers, learning, assessment and examinations. Rounds of Data Collection The first round survey data started at the end of April and lasted until mid-June, to which 118 countries participated. However, the size of the final sample is 116 countries, excluding two countries who requested not to be included in the publicly available dataset. In terms of regional distribution, we recorded 2 countries from Northern Africa, 26 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 11 countries from Central and Southern Asia, 14 countries from Eastern and South-eastern Asia, 12 countries from Western Asia, 11 countries from Europe, 30 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean, and 10 countries from Oceania.
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