UNESCO Chair GHE

Current research on school reopening

Intersectoral working during the COVID-19 pandemic in schools : preliminary results of the global survey on safe reopening of schools

The second survey on the safe reopening of schools was active from February to October 2021. The aim of this survey was to gather the experiences and opinions of education and health professionals about the processes in place in their countries and territories to reopen schools safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to keep them open. With the collaboration of our Consortium partners, the survey has been disseminated all around the world in seven languages (Arabic, English, French, German, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish), which resulted in contributions from 72 countries, see figure 1.

Figure 1 Respondents’ geographic distribution

Many themes are covered by the survey: the implementation of infection control measures in schools, the impact of infection control measures (on students and staff), the guidance and training received, the enablers and barriers to reopening schools and intersectoral working in schools. As a first step, we are glad to share the preliminary results on intersectoral collaboration and training.

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Consortium partners

The survey is conducted by the UNESCO Chair and WHO Collaborating Center in Global Health & Education with the support of its consortium partners from ASCD, CHAIN, Education International, EUPHA Child and Adolescent Public Health, EUPHA Health PromotionGCU London, IAAH and their Young Professionals’ Network, IUHPE, NCD Child, UCA and the SHE Network.

The researchers involved are:

Prof Antony Morgen[1], Carole Andriamampandry[2], Catherine Chabot[3], Christelle Kongne[2], Dr Danielle Jansen[4], Elias Lima Junior[5], Fan Zhu[6], Prof Fu-Li Chen[7], Prof Graça S. Carvalho[8], Hannah Ogunkunle[1], Prof Julia Dratva[9], Kennedy Ouma Sigodo[1], Lara Debes[2], Leonel Lusquinhos[8], Luis Perez[1], Prof Manecas Azevedo[10], Mayara da Mota Matos[5], MinChien Tsai[3], Miranda Beck[11], Mohamed Essoussi[1], Norberto Jose Palange[10], Dr Orkan Okan[12], Prof Peter Paulus[13], Dr Raúl Mercer[14], Regina Alves[8], Prof Roberto Tadeu Iaochite[5], Roraima Alves da Costa Filho[5], Simone Alves Pedersen[5], Prof Sonia Saxena[15], Prof Terje Andreas Eikemo[11], Vitor Oliveira[8], Prof Yifei Hu[6], Prof Yinghua Ma[6], Zélia Anastácio[8]


[1] Glasgow Caledonian University, London, UK
[2] Clermont Auvergne University, France
[3] UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education
[4] Groningen University, the Netherlands
[5] São Paulo State University, Brazil
[6] Peking University, China
[7] Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei
[8] University of Minho, Portugal
[9] University of Basel, Switzerland
[10] Universidade Pedagógica de Nampula, Mozambique
[11] Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
[12] Bielefeld University, Germany
[13] Leuphana University, Germany
[14] FLACSO (Latin American School of Social Sciences), Argentina
[15] Imperial College London, UK