Policy Guidelines on digitizing and teaching and learning in Africa
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- African Union
COVID-19 is fundamentally a public-health crisis, but its social and economic impact on African Union member states are inestimable, particularly on the Education sector. UNESCO monitoring as of 1st May 2020, report that approximately 1,268,164,088 learners have been affected due to school closures in response to the pandemic, 177 countries have implemented nationwide closures and 5 have implemented local closures, impacting about 72.4% of the world’s student population (UNESCO, 2020). In Africa, schools are closed in at least 52 member states (UNICEF, 2020), teaching and learning halted and learners and teachers alike are forced to adapt to a new order of education delivery. Homeschooling and Open Distance and eLearning (ODeL) have been the default response mechanisms to mitigating the effect of the pandemic on National education systems.