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COVID-19
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Last updated: 3 April 2020

According to UNESCO, the number of children, youth and adults not attending schools or universities due to COVID-19 continues to grow. As of March, 102 countries have implemented nationwide closures, impacting over 849.4 million children and youth. A further 11 countries have implemented localized school closures and, should these closures become nationwide, millions of additional learners will experience education disruption. 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.

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

   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: GSF Member Bridge International Academies has put together open-source Home    Learning Materials for parents and caregivers to use with their children. They are compiling weekly lessons and activity plans to access on phones. The plans are country and grade specific. Each Monday morning there will be a new plan available for each grade based upon the local curriculum and teaching content that children would have been learning in their schools or academies should they be open.

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.

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.

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

Starfall is a free site that provides language arts and mathematics for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade.

E-learning for kids provides free digital education for students in all grades.

Khan Academy creates personalised learning experiences for its users.

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

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

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

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

TedEd’s interactive videos are a good way to engage students in educational topics.


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: 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: 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 and colouring activities or fun fact sheets.

For use in India only: Kutuki 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.

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 across the world 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 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. (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 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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