In Asia and the Pacific, children with disabilities have been hit harder by the learning crisis and pandemic than most. Quick action is needed to give them the inclusive education they deserve.
A strategic combination of actions at the local and national level is needed to recover from learning losses caused by COVID-19 and address the learning crisis that existed long before the pandemic.
The closure of schools due to COVID-19 has had wide-ranging impacts on students and education systems. Support should focus on closing the learning gap and preparing for the next crisis.
Profound impacts are already being felt due to school closures in Asia. Urgent action is needed to limit further damage to students and the broader economy.
Less developed countries need not emulate wealthier ones when establishing their technical and vocational training systems.
Efforts to address pandemic-related learning loss may draw on innovations devised to tackle the ongoing learning crisis – and vice versa.
In Bangladesh, new surveys show the devastating impact of school closures. Countries around the world are facing similar situations. Holistic policy responses are needed to get students back in school and back on track.
Taking an integrated approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is crucial to the growth of developing countries. It should be enhanced wherever possible.
Education is a fundamental tool for advancing action on climate change, yet it has not been adequately tapped for its potential.
Online courses play an important role in accessing quality higher education, even more so during the pandemic. But most higher education systems do not have a process in place to accept credits from online courses not offered by their own institution.