UNESCO's response and recovery actions
The COVID-19 outbreak proved to be a global challenge that has taught us that cooperation is key when dealing with a global public health issue, that continuity of education must be ensured when the number of children unable to go to school is considerably large. It has reminded us of the importance of reliable and quality information at a time when rumors proliferate. It has also taught us the power of culture and knowledge to strengthen the human fabric and solidarity, at a time when so many people around the world had to keep their social distance and stay at home.
UNESCO continues to be fully committed to supporting governments in distance learning, open science and the sharing of knowledge and culture, as fundamental means to address both the current crisis and future global health challenges, and to stand together and tighten the bonds of our shared humanity.
Education: from school closure to recovery
After the historic disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, most schools are back open worldwide, but education is still in the process of recovery, assessing the damage done and lessons learned. The pandemic affected more than 1.5 billion students and youth with the most vulnerable learners being the hardest hit. Some gains already made towards the goals of the 2030 Education Agenda were lost.
From the outset, UNESCO's Education Sector worked with ministries of education, public and private partners and civil society to ensure continued learning for all children and youth. The Sector's work is now focused on prioritizing education as a public good for everyone in order to avoid a generational catastrophe and drive sustainable recovery.
Communication & Information: Response to COVID-19
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNESCO has worked to fight disinformation and promote information sharing through its campaigns "Information Sharing & Countering Disinformation", and "Combating the disinfodemic: Working for truth in the time of COVID-19".