Authors: Candy Lugaz and Chloé Chimier, IIEP-UNESCO
Around the world, cities are playing a central role in responding to the COVID-19 crisis, particularly in the field of education (UNSG, 2020; UNESCO, 2020). In partnership with ministries of education and local actors, cities have taken cross-sectoral initiatives to support learning continuity and ensure safe school reopening. In the framework of the research project on ‘Cities & Education 2030’, IIEP experts have interviewed officials from three cities around the world to learn from their experience in coping with the crisis. An expert from the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) also shared with us insights from the Global Network of Learning Cities. This article describes the key takeaways from these officials for effective crisis management at city level.
Anticipate and prepare for different scenarios
Strengthen cross-sectoral collaboration
Communicate with the school community
Target the most disadvantaged learners
Build bridges between formal, non-formal, and informal education
Connect with other cities