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Learning recovery and addressing the learning crisis: Technical paper

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Emergency programs, Crisis management, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Access to education, School systems, Policy formation, Equal education, Academic achievement, Teaching effectiveness, Asia Pacific region


Background paper prepared to inform the thematic panel discussion on Learning Recovery and Addressing the Learning Crisis at the 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Education Ministerial Conference (APREMC-II) in June 2022.


The purpose of this paper is to provide key recommendations for the provision and delivery of school education to facilitate post COVID-19 learning recovery in the immediate and short-term. The recommendations focus on how education systems could provide safe schools and deliver a more equitable, inclusive and relevant education for all learners. The pandemic has disrupted education for approximately 1.6 billion students globally, forced school closures and shifted learning towards remote and blended modalities. Such disruptions threaten to deepen the ‘learning crisis’ that existed prior to the pandemic and impede the progress made towards access to quality education, particularly for the most vulnerable learners. As education systems in the Asia-Pacific region seek to recover from the pandemic by reopening schools, it is incumbent on governments to identify recovery strategies that have enabled education access and learning continuity and to determine the approaches that best support education systems’ resilience, post-pandemic.

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UNESCO Office Bangkok and Regional Bureau for Education in Asia and the Pacific

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Asia, Pacific region