COVID-19 and school closures: one year of education disruption

This report presents unique findings regarding government responses to the pandemic in terms of school closures with data from more than 200 countries between March 11, 2020 and February 2, 2021. The report uses UNESCO’s definition of school closures. Schools are considered “fully closed” when the closures affect most or all of the schoolchildren enrolled at pre-primary, primary, lower and upper secondary levels. “Partial closures” refer to situations in which schools are either closed in some of a country’s administrative units, for some grade levels, or are operating with limited capacity. Finally, a status of “fully open” means that classes are held in-person for all schoolchildren and at all grade levels.


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