The COVID-19 pandemic created the worst shock to education on record and led to large learning losses that disproportionately affected children from low-income populations. The World Bank’s new “Learning Recovery to Acceleration: A Global Update on Country Efforts” report takes stock of countries’ efforts to overcome the pandemic’s impacts on students and build more resilient education systems.
The report examines what countries are doing to recover and accelerate learning, and how they are doing it, studying over 60 education systems. While many countries largely returned to ‘business as usual,’ others jumped into action—implementing comprehensive, multi-year strategies for improving learning and reducing inequalities. What have we learned from these efforts?