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The key findings of the UNCEF report (please click here to access) entitled COVID-19 and School Closures: One Year of Education Disruption (released in March, 2021):

• In the period between March 11, 2020 and February 2, 2021, schools have been fully closed for an average of 95 instruction days globally, which represents approximately half the time intended for classroom instruction.

• Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean region were the most affected with 158 days of full school closures on average, followed by countries in South Asia with 146 days. Countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa region were the third most affected with an average of 101 days.

• Among the top 20 countries with the longest full school closures during this period, more than half are situated in the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

• Globally, 214 million students from pre-primary to upper secondary education in 23 countries have missed at least three-quarters of classroom instruction time at the pre-primary to upper secondary level since March 2020.

• Of these 214 million students, 168 million in 14 countries missed almost all classroom instruction time due to school closures.

• Countries with the longest durations of school closures tend to have a low prevalence of school-age children with a fixed internet connection at home.

• While the majority of countries have fully opened schools (53 percent) and almost a quarter of the world’s countries have partially opened schools, 196 million students in 27 countries (13 percent globally) have schools that were fully closed as of February 2, 2021, the most recent date for which data is available.

• On average, in countries where schools were still closed as of February 2, 2021, nearly 80 per cent of classroom instruction has been missed in the eleven-month period since March 2020.



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