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National Education Responses to COVID-19: The Situation of Latin America and the Caribbean
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Santiago | 2021 | 23 p.
Corporate author: 
Latin America and the Caribbean
© UNESCO 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic caused the greatest global, simultaneous interruption of education services in recent history. It has impacted over 90% of the worldwide student population from preschool to higher education.

Latin American and Caribbean countries have engaged in enormous efforts to promote continuity of teaching and learning in this context. In spite of this, profound inequities persist in school systems that limit the capacity to reach the entire population.

It is imperative to have information that contributes to guiding the actions that may mitigate or reverse the pandemic’s negative impacts on learning and educational inequities.
This report presents a regional overview based on the results of the “Survey on National Education Responses to COVID-19,” which was implemented by UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Bank between May and October 2020.


Resource Type: 
Case studies and research papers
Social justice / Equity
Level of education: 
Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)
Primary education
Secondary education
Higher education


Educational inequalities; COVID-19; Pandemics; School closures