iiepSource : UNESCO-IIEP

This document is part of a series of five, intended to support countries with advice on ensuring access to quality education in the time of COVID-19.

It highlights the importance of adopting a flexible learning approach. Here are some suggestions on how to do this.


  • Adjust the school and exam calendar to take into account the teaching time.
  • Consider shortening the academic year(s) and following an accelerated syllabus that focuses on core subjects.
  • Start planning for accelerated learning strategies (e.g. condensed curricula focusing on core subjects), developing policies and programmes, making funding available for them, and guaranteeing that human and technical resources are available.
  • Prepare special after-school study classes (either mandatory or for selected groups) so that students can catch up on core subjects.

About human resources:

  • Plan for teacher mobilization, prioritizing regions that were worst hit by the crisis.
  • Explore, as an exceptional measure, the emergency deployment of teachers to areas affected by high teacher mortality rates during the crisis.
  • Train teachers to monitor children and identify those experiencing particular difficulties when they are back in school.
  • Provide support to teachers so that they can in turn support distressed children.
  • Begin structured education activities as soon as it is safe to do so in order to mitigate the psychosocial impact of the crisis on children and youth.
  • Guarantee free school meals as an incentive for children to return to school.

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