A historic shock to parental engagement in education. Parent perspectives in Botswana during COVID-19. Policy brief

As Botswana and the world face the possibility of cycles of school closures due to the ongoing nature of COVID-19, it will be important to build resiliency within education systems, including through learning more about how to effectively engage parents. Additionally, as a result of the COVID-19 school closures, parents have had unprecedented exposure to their children’s education. This recent insight into their children’s learning may have changed parents’ beliefs about what makes for a good quality education, and thus could ultimately serve as a new driver for education reform. This will serve schools well even after the novel coronavirus is overboth because there may be other times when school is disrupted (e.g., natural disasters on the rise due to climate change) but also because to reveal useful, new strategies for helping children learn even in stable times.


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