Delivering education at home in African member states amid the Covid-19 pandemic: Country status report

Since its emergence in late 2019, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has evolved into a pandemic, heavily affecting the lives of billions of people across the world with an anticipated huge impact on the global economy and Africa in particular. Education is one of the sectors heavily affected, with the closure of learning institutions in many African countries likely to negatively affect the education quality. Governments and key education stakeholders have instituted some measures to promote the continuity of education from home. These have been successful in some ways, but challenges remain.

In order to obtain a clearer view of the status of learning during this period, and to better support countries in the immediate, short and long term, ADEA engaged some of the most affected African countries in March 2020 to map the national situation in the education sector. The foregoing is a synopsis of the feedback from Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, and Zambia in terms of national strategies, platforms and tools or applications, gaps and challenges, partner engagement, good practices and lessons learnt with some recommendations. This will enable ADEA, together with other partners, to formulate relevant support strategies and share with other African countries for peer learning and experience exchange.