UNICEF is committed to seizing this momentum to make bold decisions to address the global learning crisis. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine better education systems, to ‘open up better’ and to ensure every child learns and builds the skills they need to leapfrog to a brighter future.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

New York, United States of America
International or regional organization
Established : 1946
Education and COVID-19 Response


Support the equitable continuation of learning
During the COVID-19 pandemic
Ensure a full and fair return to education
Following the pandemic
Strengthen learning systems
For the future
Strengthen gender equality in and through education

1. UNICEF is part of the small team working on framework on gender responsive school reopening that is being developed by the gender flagship – we are sharing our resources and country examples of promising practices.

2. UNICEF is part of the reference group developing the campaign to get girls back to school – we are supporting the design, sharing our ideas and resources, and will be using our networks e.g. U-report, and the Generation Unlimited Initiative as applicable for dissemination and for soliciting ideas

Regional Focus



From the onset of the pandemic, UNICEF mobilized in-country teams and partners to support governments in delivering an education-system-wide response to urgently scale-up alternative learning measures. UNICEF, WHO and IFRC developed the Guidance on COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Schools. UNICEF supports utilization of a mix of approaches including digital and non-digital remote learning options appropriate to context and unique needs of learners. UNICEF’s Guidance on Equity and Inclusion in COVID-19 Education Response includes recommendations on inclusion of gender-responsive materials, integration of ethnic and linguistic minorities, a toolkit of good practices specific for girls, and tools for parents/caregivers to support remote learning for the most marginalized children. UNICEF, UNESCO, UNHCR, the World Bank and WFP developed the Framework for re-opening schools and have been supporting governments in the safe re-opening of schools. UNICEF is working with UNESCO, the World Bank and the Global Partnership for Education to ensure continuity of learning for all children through delivering at-scale new and existing learning continuity approaches in response to the COVID-19 crisis. UNICEF’s global communications campaign for safe school-reopening calls for every child to be included and learn, have access to school-based health, hygiene and nutrition services, and to be connected the internet.

Action areas

Learner Wellbeing

Learning opportunities

Digital Learning Content

Create or enable access to teacher training resources

Capacity Development

Capacity development to support distance learning
Capacity development to manage the reopening and return to education
Capacity development to strengthen system resilience and response to future shocks

Advocacy and Communication

Outreach to parents and communities on the right to education
Back-to-school campaigns
Assess the short-term impact of educational disruption

Primary Contact

Ms. Saadhna Panday

Education Specialist

Senior Contact

Mr. Robert Jenkins

Associate Director, Education