How countries are using edtech (including online learning, radio, television, texting) to support access to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The information on this website was collected by the World Bank’s Edtech team during the initial response of education systems (“coping phase”) to school closings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The data shown on this page corresponds to resources, initiatives, programs and events collected from March 2020 to June 2020.

The resources on this page remain available but will not be updated. For more information about the phases of “managing continuity” and “improving and accelerating”, please visit the Lessons For Education during the COVID-19 crisis site. 

The World Bank is actively working with ministries of education in dozens of countries in support of their efforts to utilize educational technologies of all sorts to provide remote learning opportunities for students while schools are closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and is in active dialogue with dozens more.

In support of this work, the World Bank is cataloguing emerging approaches, by country, in an internal database. In case related information may be useful to others, we are sharing excerpts from this database here.

AFGHANISTAN​

The Directorate of Technical a​nd Vocational Education has put out TVET guidelines called “Alternative Education Scheme for Persistence of ‘Corona Virus’ in the Country​”. The guidelines discuss three scenarios of the continued impact of COVID-19 in Afghanistan for different time spans: for one to two months; for three to six months; and, for more than six months. In response to the three scenarios outlined, the Directorate has created a plan for TVET in the country. Given the current situation, distance learning with a combination of multimedia, video and print media is suggested, focused on using local solutions to avoid dependencies. Due to the existing infrastructure, the option of using broadcast media (video and audio) using various tools to be available to students, especially in high schools and grade 13th and 14th, is considered a reasonable option both during the school closure period. But, this is a matter of concern once schools reopen. The guidelines propose different alternatives based on the anticipated three scenarios. Some of these alternative options include printing and distributing chapters of textbooks; broadcasting video lessons through television and radio; broadcasting videos through websites, portals, social media (Facebook and YouTube); making videos available via memory cards and CDs; or audio lessons through the medium of mobile phones. The MoE is planning to create educational videos as well.

ARGENTINA

Educ.ar is the educational portal of the Ministry of Education of Argentina aimed at providing curated digital resources for teachers, administrators, students and families. The program “Seguimos Educando” developed by the Ministry of Education and the Secretariat of Media and Public Communication, began broadcasting educational content from April 1, 2020.

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