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The information provided below was submitted as at 2020-05-19 16:34:40 by UNESCO IICBA in responding to the AU Survey of Partners Education Sector Response to COVID-19. The information is solely for experience sharing purposes and not to be used for other purposes without express permission of the African Union Commission.

 

Name of Organisation: UNESCO IICBA
 
Website: www.iicba.unesco.org
 
Key objectives of the initiative/program?
The objective is to support to teachers during the COVID-19 school closure in Africa. We are running weekly webinars for teachers, teacher educators and policy makers. The theme of these webinars are demand driven, such as ICT and e-learning, learning assessment, e-earning in higher education, etc. We are also working on partnership building in teacher support.

We are also running a programme for peace/resilience building and PVE through teacher development. A series of webinars are planned in both French and English. We have materials in English, French and Arabic languages.

 
Elements of the Initiative/Program
Provision of Open Online Course , Direct support to Ministries of Education, Support to Innovators, Other (to be specified); support to teachers and teacher educators.
 
Sectors of Education targeted by the Initiative/Program
Pre-School, Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Education, Others (to be specified); teacher training
 
Other Organisations/Institiutions involved in implementing the program/initiative
AU HRST, UNESCO, UNICEF, Education International, AFTRA, CEMASTEA, ADEA, RECs (IGAD, ECOWAS, EAC, SADC),
 
Regions in Africa benefiting from Program/Initiative
Eastern Africa, Western Africa, Northern Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa
 
Countries in Africa benefiting from Program/Initiative
Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
 
Challenges with the COVID-19 response
Internet connectivity is a major challenge for us and also partner countries.
Existing inequality has been amplified with the COVID-19 school closure. While well-resourced urban (private) schools can use e-learning, majority of schools for the underserved population are not able to do so.
Funding is diminishing and industrialized countries seem to be more concerned on their own issues than international development.
 
Lessons learned from the COVID-19 response
In an emergency situation, partnership is important but the speed is vital. Some of the partners would not start until all discussion is carried out.

Resilience is vital all the time and the COVID-19 made it very clear.
 
Good practices with the COVID-19 response
Weekly webinar we are running in French and English are well received and have participation of 80-200 practitioners every time. This makes teachers' voices heard. COVID-19 school closure made many of us how important education is and teachers are. I hope this will continue.
 
Innovations implemented during the COVID-19 response
We are working on resource platform and hub for teachers. This can be useful in post COVID-19.

We are also better connected virtually than before. This can continue after the crisis.

 

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