In recent decades, crisis has terminated learning in individual countries or regions, prevalently because of natural disasters, wars, or rarely epidemics. However, the educational disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak is unprecedented.
In this context, IEA and UNESCO are launching “New responces to educational disruption survey” (REDS) to draw a more comprehensive picture of the pandemic’s impact on global education.
Despite the fact that important contributions exist to help understand the influence of COVID-19, there is still a deficit of first-hand information. REDS intends to gather information from governments, and internationally comparable data from school administrations, teachers, and students, on how countries and schools are prepared for distance learning in times of school closures. This will include information on what actions were taken to ensure that all students have the opportunity to continue learning. The fundamental question that the research intends to answer is: “How were teaching and learning affected by the disruptions and mitigated by the implemented measures across and within countries?”
It is necessary to have good coverage and diversity of participants for the study, so all interested countries are invited to participate.
Benefits for education systems participating in REDS:
- Learn how countries and schools are prepared for distance learning in times of school closures, as well as during a subsequent reopening phase.
- Gain insights on the impact of the disruption, as well as factors and measures that may influence the success of distance learning for students across countries.
- Yield valuable data collected from countries, schools, teachers, and students that can provide education stakeholders with information for evidence-based decision-making.
- Improve understanding of students most at risk as a result of educational disruption, to support in building resilient education systems for future.
- Strengthen gender equality and empower teachers, based on first-hand information from schools and teachers that has been collected in a scientific manner.
For country enrollment and to get detailed information about REDS, expected costs of participation and timelines, please, follow this link.