EdTech and COVID-19 response [Save Our Future]

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EdTech and COVID-19 response [Save Our Future]
This document is background paper 3 for the #SaveOurFuture campaign. The full paper and other working group papers are available here: https://saveourfuture.world/white-paper/. This document is also available as an EdTech Hub report, see https://docs.edtechhub.org/lib/IA9PL99D
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Education Commission
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About Save Our Future

Averting an Education Catastrophe for the World’s Children

Education faces a triple threat:

  • 90% of children in the world have had their education interrupted due to COVID-19. This means that vulnerable children are missing out not only on education but also on vital services such as nutrition and health.
  • Budgets for education are at risk of being slashed due to the financial impacts of COVID-19 and this could lead to a huge funding gap of almost $200 billion per year for low- and middle-income countries.
  • These COVID-19 impacts are hitting an education system that was already in crisis: even before the pandemic more than half of 10-year-olds in low- and middle-income countries were not learning to read a simple text.

This White Paper, issued as part of the Save Our Future campaign, sets out priority actions to deliver changes in the coming 6-24 months in order to avert an education catastrophe.

In light of the scale of the crisis, the paper focuses primarily on education from pre-primary to secondary and in particular on those children who are most left behind, including children who live in locations where the vast majority of children are not learning, as well as children from marginalized groups. It includes children who are out of school and those who are enrolled in school but learning very little.

Download the full paper here

Download the executive summary here

Download the cheat sheet here

Download the press release here

Download the quote sheet here

Background Papers

This paper is based on a thorough analysis of the evidence and has been informed by a series of background papers developed by working groups consisting of 200+ experts from a wide range of organizations, geographies, and disciplines.

Download Background Paper 1: Education in Crisis
Download Background Paper 2: From Schooling to Learning for All: Reorienting Curriculum and Targeting Instruction
Download Background Paper 3: EdTech and COVID-19 Response
Download Background Paper 4: Strengthening the Education Workforce and Creating Learning Teams
Download Background Paper 5: Unlock Education for All: Focus on the Furthest Behind
Download Background Paper 6: Turning Education Systems into Learning Systems


Haßler, B., Nicolai, S., McBurnie, C., Jordan, K., Wilson, S., & Kreimeia, A. (2020). EdTech and COVID-19 response [Save Our Future] (Background Paper No. 3; #SaveOurFuture). Education Commission. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3983877
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