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New Publication: Research in a time of COVID-19

Lessons from Southern Africa: Synthesis Report of the #Openupyourthinking Researchers’ Challenge authored by Carla Pereira, Pat Sullivan, Umur Kayari

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen schools and other educational establishments closed and learning disrupted, continuing only for those who had access to devices, connectivity and electricity. While the majority of teachers were unprepared for emergency remote teaching, many still managed, in limited ways, to use familiar platforms to reach learners.

In many countries, among segments of their populations, stories emerged of hope, solidarity and resilience, and despite the overwhelming effects of the pandemic, there are many reports of how individuals and organisations created their own interventions in response.

And while uncertainties and fears could easily have led to inaction, JET Education Services in cooperation with and generously supported by the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA), the SARChl Chair in Global Change and Social Learning Systems' Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures (TESF) project at Rhodes University and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) partnered for a Southern African Development Community (SADC) Researchers Challenge. The initiative, which looked at six research themes and engaged researchers from various SADC universities, provided an opportunity to tell some of the stories of COVID-19 in Southern Africa and was seen as a quick reaction to provide much needed evidence on many issues arising from the pandemic.

We have pleasure in sharing the synthesis report, commissioned by ROSA and the OSF, Research in a time of COVID-19: Lessons from Southern Africa that brings together the findings of the six research themes.

Download the Synthesis Report here

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