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The world is currently facing a health pandemic and sanitary crisis without precedent in our recent history.
This has affected the normal functioning of education systems worldwide. Nearly all of the 48 countries and economies participating in TALIS are now facing mass and prolonged school closures on all or significant parts of their territory, and UNESCO estimates that 1.25 billion learners are impacted worldwide – i.e. nearly 73% of total enrolments.
This is a major external shock on the operations of our schools and the work of our teachers, who have had to move to distance and digital education offerings within a few days. It is also a major shock and challenge for parents who have been turned into home-schoolers overnight, with no training for this!
This is an odd timing to present the findings of a report depicting the functioning of schools and the work of teachers “before Covid-19”. And although there are lots of interesting things in this report, this is not a priority for today.
Today, I would like to reflect instead on how school and teachers can adapt to these dire circumstances and carry forward their teaching.
Today, I would like to focus on TALIS findings that can help educational systems as they deal with the crisis, and think forward in working out possible strategies to cope with these circumstances.
Today, I would like to convey hope that we can count on teachers to rise to the challenges.