Insights for Education’s team is made up of passionate and experienced education technical experts and practitioners as well as research and data specialists. More information on our team members and collaborators is available here.
This work has been used and praised for its distinctive value-added and user-friendliness by National Education and Reopening Task Force leaders, as an instrumental tool in their decision making around school reopening approaches and policies. It has also received positive feedback from education leaders at bilateral agencies and foundations.
These resources have been accessed in more than 160 countries by more than 2000 users.
This work has been featured widely in key global media and in regional outlets across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Our team at Insights for Education has been tracking the experiences of 184 countries, collecting data dating back to February 10th to analyse and compare school reopening patterns and characteristics (such as distancing, hygiene, safety measures, pedagogical and policy responses), and seven-day moving average of COVID-19 new daily cases.
Our tracking looks at primary and secondary schools only.
Tracking is based on a combination of quantitative data (UNESCO, Our World in Data, World Bank), and rigorous daily review of ministry reports, country response plans and policies, press and social media.
Some countries devolve decision making and there can be significant variation within parts of a country or even between schools.
Infection wave patterns are calculated by comparing the 28-day and 7-day averages for daily new COVID-19 cases to determine where they align for a minimum period of 14 days. This typically points to a sustained change in the wave pattern and helps to eliminate shorter-term ‘blips’ which are much more common but less important in the analysis.
We conduct a rigorous daily review of ministry reports, country response plans and policies, press and social media. Main information sources consulted by our team per country are mentioned at the bottom of our Country tracker.
School status is defined as per UNESCO:
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We regularly update the tracker in response to feedback. Recent changes are noted here.
We would like to thank the many readers who give us feedback on this work every day. Your feedback is what allows us to refine and improve this so that better decisions can be made. We very much appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback.