Global School Closures

The number of children, youth, and adults not attending schools or universities because of COVID-19 is soaring. Governments all around the world have closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the global pandemic.

According to UNESCO monitoring, over 100 countries have implemented nationwide closures, impacting over half of the world’s student population. Several other countries have implemented localized school closures and, should these closures become nationwide, millions of additional learners will experience education disruption.


Data taken from: UNESCO

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Note: Figures correspond to total number of learners enrolled at pre-primary, primary, lower-secondary, and upper-secondary levels of education [ISCED levels 0 to 3], as well as at tertiary education levels [ISCED levels 5 to 8] who could be affected should localized closures become countrywide. Enrollment figures based on latest UNESCO Institute of Statistics data.

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Maintainer Heiko Heilgendorff (OCL)
Last Updated July 4, 2022, 15:02 (SAST)
Created March 2, 2021, 22:39 (SAST)