20 October 2021

China Case Study

This case study provides a snapshot of the educational responses and effects of COVID-19 in China and is part of a comprehensive assessment of the effects of and responses to COVID-19 on the Education Sector in Asia. The case study considers the direct effects of school closures and reopening and identifies its impact on learners, their families as well as on the overall education system. The objectives of the analysis are: to assess and estimate the various impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic on the education sector and stakeholders in China; to examine policy and financial implications on progress towards achieving SDG 4-Education 2030; and to identify examples of promising responses and strategies in education and associated social sectors, which can be shared with other countries. Finally, the case study presents lessons learned and recommendations for building back better and increasing the resilience of the education system to future shocks. This case study includes an in-depth thematic deep dive looking at the implementation of inclusive and equitable distance education during COVID-19. This case study is based on a comprehensive desk-review of qualitative and quantitative evidence and on key informant interviews with relevant education officials, local authorities and teachers. The case study is a collaboration between UNESCO, UNICEF ROSA and UNICEF EAPRO partly funded by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) under the UNESCO-UNICEF-World Bank joint project on Global and Regional Response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See all country case studies, sub-regional and regional reports here