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Issue No: 10/2021

COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 22 April 2021

During the COVID-19 crisis ACCORD's analysis will be focused on the impact of the pandemic on conflict and resilience in Africa.

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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
References: AfricaCDC, ACLED and African Arguments

This week’s special edition of ACCORD’s monitor looks at the impact of COVID-19 on the education sector. It is a follow-on from the edition published in 2020 on higher education.  This theme finds relevance again because access to education is intrinsically linked to other development goals. The continued challenges posed by COVID-19, and the various resilience efforts in the area of education should therefore feature prominently in the ongoing reflections about the societal impact of the pandemic. The monitor features a piece by Geraldine J Fraser-Moleketi, chair of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) and the Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University, in which she reflects on the impact of the pandemic on the higher education sector. 

Professor Ann Skelton, the UNESCO Chair: Education Law in Africa and Director of the Centre for Child Law at the University of Pretoria, discusses the risks of increasing privatised education in Africa in the COVID-19 context. Also in this issue, Dr Abhiyan Rung, the UNICEF Regional Education Advisor for Eastern and Southern Africa, reflects on the impact of COVID-19 related school closures and education disruptions.

Finally, Ms Katlego Mphahlele, the former SRC President of Rhodes University, shares her experiences as a student leader navigating the challenges of the pandemic.

Special Guest Editor
Managing Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
Managing Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
Chief Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor​
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UNICEFEthiopi/2020/NahomTesfaye
Geraldine J Fraser-Moleketi
Features, Trust between Citizens & Institutions

The Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education

  • Geraldine J. Fraser-Moleketi

COVID-19 has undoubtedly presented the biggest test of the resilience and relevance of Higher Education institutions in recent times. With the necessity for behavioural change to halt the spread of the virus, Higher Education institutions have been forced to think differently and contribute innovative responses to the pandemic.

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Trust between Citizens & Institutions

COVID-19 and the risks of increasing privatisation of education in Africa

  • Ann Skelton

In recent years, there has been a new awareness of the need to hold states to account on their international law obligations to provide quality education for all children, and their duty to regulate private education. It is important not to let COVID-19 set us back on the momentum that was gathering around this issue. What makes it more difficult is that while COVID-19 scythed through government education budgets, and also led to the closure of many low fee private schools, it also created new opportunities for the private sector, particularly in the edu-tech sector.

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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
Reference: UNICEF
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

COVID-19 and School Closures: One year of Education Disruption

  • Abhiyan Jung Rana

Pre-pandemic, much focus – rightly so – was given to education as a key tool for delivering Africa’s demographic dividend. Essentially, that if continental nations invested in their growing population of children and young people – particularly in their schooling and skills development – and adopted economic policies to create new jobs, Africa as a whole would see significant increases in per capita incomes. Fast-forward to April 2021 – one year into the COVID-19 crisis – and millions of children are not learning and are forgetting what they learned.

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Photo: Georgia Popplewell
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

The Impacts of COVID-19 in the Education Sector: a Student Leader Perspective

  • Katlego Mphahlele

The unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic took us all by surprise and it interrupted the ‘normal’, rigidly structured operations of many institutions. The world as we knew it became a distant memory as we all scrambled to modify our systems of operation and adapt them to the new normal.

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