Launch: Report: Recovering Education after COVID-19

18 August 2022
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Credit: KIX LAC

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The purpose of this document is to address the challenges of recovery from loss of learning in the face of the consequences of the global health crisis, and specifically in KIX LAC countries: Dominica, El Salvador, Granada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and to offer recommendations to address loss of learning due to the pandemic.

The impact of COVID-19 on the education systems of KIX countries in Latin America and the Caribbean is high, and school closures affected the entire region. For this reason, various strategies have been implemented. The KIX LAC hub identified three core dimensions:

(i) Offer remote education. KIX countries (like most countries in the world) developed digital strategies to face this new context, but due to connectivity problems, countries had to look for alternatives such as radio, television and printed material.

(ii) Protect the health and well-being of students (with special attention to nutrition). It is acknowledged that school is a place for knowledge, but also for care, which is why the countries of the region, to a greater or lesser extent, have adopted policies for the continuity of food programs, as well as programs against violence and programs that facilitate social-emotional support.

(iii) Teacher training and support in this new context. The teacher were strongly affected by the pandemic, which meant that the countries had to multiply their efforts to train educators in the use of technologies and equip them with the necessary resources.

These policies are described and analyzed below, including the challenges of reopening schools and learning recovery strategies in KIX LAC countries, which have both been government objectives in the region. Recommendations are made to address these challenges.