Virtual and Distance Learning COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program

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Key Information

The Mastercard Foundation and UNICEF have joined forces to advance the efforts of the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service to provide quality and equitable learning opportunities for more than nine million children in Ghana.

As part of the Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program, the two-year program, which commenced in June 2020 and runs until May 2022, supports the implementation of virtual and distance learning through radio, SMS, and online learning platforms which will be made available to children across the country.


Sub-Saharan Africa


Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


2020 - 2022


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation

Ghana Ministry of Education


Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response

New for COVID-19

Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Secondary completion


  • Remote Learning

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • Teacher training


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

Cross-cutting areas

  • Community sensitization
  • COVID-19 Response
  • Digital literacy
  • Emergencies and protracted crises
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys (both in school and out of school), Community leaders, Girls (both in school and out of school), Other community members - female, Other community members - male, Parent-teacher associations/school management committees, School administrators, Youth


5 - 18

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

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

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Access to school

  • Alternative learning centers/mobile schools/home schools

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • Community-based monitoring (e.g. school report cards)
  • Community mobilization
  • General awareness-raising/community engagement


  • Gender-sensitive curricula

Educational Technology

  • Computer-assisted learning
  • Digital devices for the purposes of studying, learning
  • Digital learning materials/programs
  • Digital reading materials (non-textbook)
  • Digital skills/literacy (including coding)

Increased availability of learning materials

  • Educational Radio or Television Programs
  • Textbooks (digital)


  • Check-in calls or SMS messages by teachers

Policy/legal environment

  • Public-private partnerships

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
  • Work with community leaders


  • Diagnostic feedback
  • In-service teacher training – gender-responsive pedagogy
  • In-service teacher training – pedagogy general
  • 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 re-enrolment in school among out-of-school children
  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Increased school enrolment (general)
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Reduced grade repetition

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Improved sexual and reproductive health
  • Increased advocacy/civic engagement
  • Increased knowledge of HIV, puberty, and sexual and reproductive health

Additional Information Back to Top

Primary Contact

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)