Crises and the COVID-19 pandemic: education responses and choices during times of disruptions

A global synthesis and Sub-Saharan African country analysis: Cabo Verde, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda

published 31 July 2021 updated 3 April 2023

This research was commissioned by the Open Society Foundation (OSF) and Education International (EI) with the aim of understanding the global policy responses to education as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The research also aims to understand how various states have responded to the pandemic in the midst of existing global crises and disruptions.

The assumption is that when crises interlock, their effects are amplified because the context is already found to be weak and vulnerable. This report thus maps these global responses, with a particular focus on the effects on equity and equality.