Asia Pacific Region National Education Coalitions COVID-19 Zoom Conference

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Key Information

As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic was taking hold, flights ceased, and national borders were closed, ASPBAE convened the first all-in Zoom online meeting of the national education coalitions in the Asia Pacific region. Thirty-one participants from 18 coalitions joined: Nepal, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Samoa, along with ASPBAE coalition capacity support staff.

The purpose of the meeting was to gain a sense of how respective government measures regarding the coronavirus are impacting on education, how coalitions have been able to respond, and the key education issues that are being raised in each country (ASPBAE Statement on COVID-19). The meeting was also an opportunity for ASPBAE to update the coalitions on initiatives by global education organisations such as the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and UNESCO, and on SDG processes in relation to COVID-19 especially.


East Asia & Pacific, Europe & Central Asia, South Asia

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu, Viet Nam

Activity URL

Not applicable or unknown

Government Affiliation



2020 -


National Campaign for Education-Nepal, E-Net- Philippines, All for Education (AFE)- Mongolia, Afghanistan National Education Coalition (ANEC), Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE), Civil Society Education Partnership (CSEP)

Ministry Affiliation



Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response

New for COVID-19

Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • School quality
  • Teacher training


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Other academic performance-related

Cross-cutting areas

  • COVID-19 Response
  • Emergencies and protracted crises
  • Gender equality
  • Nutrition
  • WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys in school, Girls in school, School administrators, Teachers - female, Teachers - male, Youth


5 - 18

School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

  • Policymakers

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • Community-based monitoring (e.g. school report cards)
  • Technical assistance/capacity building to civil society organizations or governments


  • Increased availability of learning materials

Educational Technology

  • Digital devices for the purposes of studying, learning
  • Digital learning materials/programs
  • Online training


  • Community food production

Increased availability of learning materials

  • Textbooks (digital)

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power


  • Informational interventions (e.g. returns to education)

Policy/legal environment

  • Advocating changes to existing laws/policies

School-related gender-based violence

  • Support in and around schools (e.g. peer counseling, adult-to-student counseling)
  • Training of school personnel (including teachers)

Social/gender norms change

  • Engaging parents/caregivers of students or school-age children/adolescents


  • Teacher incentives
  • Teaching materials (e.g. lesson plans, curricula)

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Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Increased school enrolment (general)
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Reduced grade repetition

Cross-cutting goals

  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms

Additional Information Back to Top

Primary Contact

Medha Soni
Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE)
Information and Communications Coordinator