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COVID-19
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Last updated: 28 July 2020

According to UNESCO, the number of children, youth and adults not attending schools or universities due to COVID-19 continues to grow. Even though many countries are now exercising relaxed rules, as of 28th July, 143 countries continue to have nation-wide school closures impacting approximately 1.1 billion children and youth – roughly 67.6% of total enrolled learners. This is resulting in untold challenges for schools and their wider communities of teachers, staff, students and caregivers. To support GSF members and the wider education community as they work through how to effectively deal with the pandemic, GSF is compiling and sharing practical and operational tools and resources.

The team will continue to update the page regularly and as resources become available. Please note that this is not an endorsement, nor have the below been vetted or quality assured. Instead, this is a real-time effort to put school-related resources in one place to support schools and intermediary organisations.


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General Resources

This interactive map, tracks confirmed cases globally in real-time. The information is also organized by country and region, and can be downloaded on your mobile phone.



UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the IFRC published this guide, to provide clear and actionable guidance for safe operations through the prevention, early detection and control of COVID-19 in schools and other educational facilities.


OECD and Harvard’s Graduate School of Education has published an important report. It is a framework to guide an education response to COVID-19 and was written based on a survey taken by more than 300 respondents from 98 different countries.



Student Learning

These resources focus on learning and instruction.

   Rising On Air is a free distance learning solution from GSF Member Rising Academy Network to provide quality teaching and    learning to millions of children shut out of school by the coronavirus pandemic. It uses proven, high-quality, structured curriculum content, redesigned for delivery via radio and SMS. Organisations have the option to edit the lessons and re-record them to meet the needs of their context.

   South Africa based GSF Member organisation SPARK Schools has designed Schools Home Learning Portal to assist their    scholars to continue learning while they are at home. SPARK has made the portal available to everyone. Academic content with suggested time-tables, lesson plans, assessments, has been organised for Grade R - Grade 9.

   Nigeria, Uganda, Liberia, India, Kenya: Bridge@home is an integrated multi channel learning programme from Bridge    International Academies designed to ensure that millions of children can continue to learn while schools are closed. Based upon national curriculums and using their clear and impactful instructional design principles, Bridge@home draws together a range of remote learning strategies. For any parent - or home educator - Free online, grade based, learning guides and activity sheets are available daily; and updated weekly. These are in addition to the complementary programmes being deployed to ensure that students are not only receiving instruction but instruction that enables them to learn. curriculum and teaching content that children would have been learning in their schools or academies should they be open.

Education Above All (EAA) has shared a bank of educational projects designed for technology-free homes. The projects are across-subjects, interdisciplinary, engaging and need minimal resources to be implemented. These projects are designed for three different age groups; 4 – 7, 8 – 10 and 11 – 14-year olds.

Indian languages - Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, Odiya and Assamese: Pratham, India has launched a daily engagement activity with parents and children through Whatsapp. Called Karona: Thodi Masti Thoda Padhai, these messages have video/audio content focused on hands-on learning activities. While the Masti videos will engage students in art, music, and theatre, the Padhai ones will focus on Math, English and Science learning.

English, Hindi and Telugu: CLIx, India has developed a range of high quality educational resources for high school students and teachers. CLIXOERs comprise of more than 120 hours of content in the areas of Mathematics, Sciences, Communicative English and Digital Literacy, more than 40 digital interactives games and simulations and teacher support material.

Arabic, English, Hindi, and Spanish: Worldreader’s Free BookSmart Collection (available on their mobile app) supports the learning and socio-emotional development of children ages 3 to 12 years. They have added several fiction and nonfiction books to help children understand coronavirus.

A Resource List by the World Bank’s Edtech Team: Remote learning, distance education and online learning during the COVID19 pandemic.

UNESCO created this distance learning webpage, which outlines a variety of resources.

Words Without Borders publish contemporary global literature, carefully curated for student readers, alongside multimedia resources for teaching and learning. A useful resource for students, teachers, and parents to access global literature while at home or school.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Girls Who Code is making Computer Science educational activities available for download free of charge, to anyone who wants to access them. They will release activities weekly — some online, some offline, of varying levels of difficulty—over the course of the next few months. Each activity will include a feature of a woman in tech who pioneered innovative technology.

Global Nomads Group's online, personalized learning program called Student to World engages youth (ages 12-18) with global, educational content and with their global peers through high-impact storytelling.

French, English, and other languages: Google’s compilation of Teach from Home information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus crisis. Also, here's a list of Youtube Learning Channels and resources classified in different age groups.

Hindi, English, Vietnamese and other languages: Room to Read is now sharing their digital platform, Literacy Cloud, for books and other learning resources more broadly. These resources include books and videos that can be shared with children and parents. They intend to add more resources soon.

A post on 'How to engage students in distance learning especially those who need the most support'. The post suggests simple nudges to increase the chances students engage and persevere with the distant learning tasks. The author has summarised a psychological principle at the start of each paragraph – with links if you want to learn more.

Avasara Academy, India started remote learning in their school the week of school closure in India. They have created practice packets that they printed and sent to their students (Grade 6 - Grade 10). The packets include practice lessons in Literacy, Math, Science, and Hindi. We found the self-learning packet on the topic of COVID-19 for Grade 9 and Grade 10 students especially useful.

Storyweaver, India has put a collection of stories to help students continue learning during school closures.

EkStep, India is an open learning platform with a collection of learning resources in literacy and numeracy.

Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.

Science Kids and National Geographic Kids have science-related content for students in the elementary & primary grades.

Code has put together a set of resources to help students learn computer science at home during the COVID-19 school closure.


Student & Family Well-Being

These are resources focused on challenges that students and families may be facing

   Body movement ideas to help children learn a range of motion, balance, muscle strength, coordination, and endurance, put    together by GSF Member organisation SPARK Schools. The Gangnam style Zumba suggested by their team seems especially fun! Also, check the Home-School Connection that is meant for parents to facilitate their child’s learning at home easily. This supplementary resource is fun and easy-to-use, rather than overly onerous for parents who are likely looking after their child and working at the same time.

   India- based GSF Member organisation LEAD School has promptly launched a Lead@HomeSchool program to encourage    continuity of quality education at home. They have offered to partner with schools keen on using the programme (Get in touch with them via the mentioned phone number: +918682833333)

   It is a confusing time not only for adults but for children as well. Written by GSF Member Bridge International Academies, this    post lists creative ideas to help parents and caregivers explain COVID-19 and school closures to children.

French Resource: Hands On International has produced a free comprehensive coronavirus guide for children called 'A curious guide for courageous kids’ in various languages. The French and Italian guide can be found here.

French Resource: An animated video to explain COVID-19 to children: La COVID-19 expliquée aux enfants.

Stories in English narrated by Indian celebrities for parents and caregivers to use at home: If you're bored, maybe you'd like to listen to a celebrity read you a story. During the lockdown, Karadi Tales is allowing free streaming of their most popular audiobooks from the Will You Read With Me series. There’s also an Activity section for arts, crafts, colouring, and fun fact sheets.

Hindi Resource: Kutuki, India is a fun and engaging app and safe Youtube channel for learning designed specifically for the Indian context. Use this animated song and video they created to help Hindi-speaking children manage fear against the coronavirus.

ECDAN has listed several resources for early childhood workers, educators, administrators, child protection practitioners to use during COVID-19 and schools closures. Some resources are available in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese. We think the ‘Resources for Parents’ section is particularly useful.

A parent’s guide to surviving COVID-19: 8 strategies to keep children healthy and happy, put together by Brookings, written by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff.

Childhood Education has put together online informational and educational resources for families and educators; this printable handout on 'Helping Young Kids Through the Coronavirus Crisis' can be used by parents to explain the health crisis to their children.

A parent and teacher resource put together by NASP with tips on talking to children about COVID-19.


Teacher Support

These resources focus on teacher professional development, training and support.

CEIAR, TISS, India launched an initiative called Connected Open Online Learning (COOL) to support teachers, teacher educators and student teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has mapped their short term and post-graduate certificate courses with the NCTE curriculum to offer them online on the TISSx platform to student teachers (B.Ed.) and teacher educators across the country. Webinar recordings of the sessions are available on the youtube channel.

Global School Leaders has made a guide for school leaders to take steps in response to the COVID-19 crisis. You can download and edit the guide for your context.

A series of 10 videos (10-minutes long) for teachers on their wellness and mindfulness during COVID-19.

Teaching Without Internet Alliance of groups has listed strategies, and resources for those teaching in areas without wide adoption of internet or devices to support innovation in remote or unconnected places across the world.

A step by step guide by BenchPrep for teachers to Transform Classroom Content into Online Courses.

Teach For All has launched a WhatsApp group called Teaching Without Internet for educators around the world to share stories about how teachers are reaching students who don't have access to the internet and/or devices for learning

Differentiated Teaching is a collection of free, on-line professional development opportunities for teachers.

TheTeacherApp, India is a not-for-profit education technology startup that creates open-source, digital learning experiences for the professional development of teachers in low-resource schools of India.


Business Continuity

These are resources focused on finance and operations, such as fee-collection, cash flow & student enrolment. We will build this section out as we identify appropriate resources.

A comprehensive plan for nonprofits to secure the financial health of the organisations for the next three to nine months, published by IDR.

Duke’s Fuqua School of Business’ CASE is an application that houses COVID-19 capital relief resources for entrepreneurs. It consists of a comprehensive database of grants, loans, and other cash equivalents that can help entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and businesses anywhere in the world.

Spanish and English Resource: Learning Continuity Plan created by EDT Partners contains templates as a baseline design to help expedite the process of creating learning continuity plans for K12, HigherEd and Ministries/Secretaries of Education. The target audience is the education community of the organization as a whole. The document assumes advanced technology infrastructure available at the organization and for individual students/teachers. Some samples are useful for low-tech environments.

A business plan by McKinsey with suggestions on ‘Getting ahead of the next stage of the coronavirus crisis’.

A few things for nonprofits and foundations to consider in light of the coronavirus. Put together by Nonprofit AF; they propose some useful tips for both, funders and organisations.

If anyone is missing the opportunity to have flipcharts and post-its in meetings, there is an online workshop tool called Mural, which is free to access and relatively intuitive. Mural enables online brainstorming, synthesis and collaboration.

A set of useful tips shared by Forbes Agency Council members to 'Maintain unity when your team is working remotely.'

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