Education in Global Health Emergencies: COVID-19

Protecting children and teachers to ensure safe schools and learning spaces is a priority in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Key resources and additional information on support from the Global Education Cluster available to country coordination teams and partners are outlined below. 

1. Key Resources 

Global Education Cluster

Joint Guidance by WHO, UNICEF and IFRC


    UNICEF, UNESCO, World Bank, WFP, and UNHCR

    Emerging lessons from country experiences on managing the process of reopening schools (September 2020), a supplement to the joint framework for reopening schools.


    Updated guidance on Considerations for school-related public health measures in the context of COVID-19 (September 2020)

    UNICEF, World Bank, and UNESCO

    New joint guidance on reopening early childhood education settings (September 2020), and additional resources to the global guidance

    Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies

    UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency 

    2. Global Education Cluster Needs Overview Dashboard


    Please contact the Global Education Cluster Helpdesk ( for any further clarification or to share any relevant resources developed by your country. 

    4. External Dashboards

    • UNESCO: COVID-19 Educational Disruption and Response (dashboard)
    • World Food Programme: Global Monitoring of School Meals During COVID-19 School Closures (dashboard)


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