UNESCO Chair Global Health and Education Health Education, Prevention, Health Promotion, Children and Young People

Preliminary results of the Global survey on safe reopening of schools

We are glad to share a first look at 332 respondents’ responses from the online survey data. These respondents were from our Arabic, English, French and Spanish datasets. Here is the summary of our findings about intersectoral working during the COVID-19 pandemic in schools and guidance and training.

Guidance and Training

  • The respondents are almost equally divided: half of them reports to have received guidance and enough time, and another half did not – or has doubts about it.
  • For the majority of respondent, no training or not enough training occurred about most aspects of the pandemic
  • Training has been better for technical elements to be applied on a daily basis, like :
    • Putting infection control measures in place
    • Explaining measures to students
    • What to do if infection breaks out in school
  • Schools have been the provider of most training and guidance
  • For people who don’t work in a school :
    • half of the respondents get information from their National Ministry of Health
    • 40% of respondents get their information from the media, or from their own experience as parent/grandparent

Intersectoral working during the COVID-19 pandemic in schools

  • 54% of respondents working in a school report poor or no collaboration between health professionals and education professionals
  • Respondents not working in a school have a better perception as 53% report excellent, good or fair collaboration between the professionals

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