Covid-19 has had an enormous impact on education at every level all over the world. In many African countries, the experience of the pandemic has been traumatic but not perhaps as apocalyptic as some observers and experts had predicted. There are important lessons for all of us, both in Africa and outside it, in how African countries dealt are dealing with the pandemic and are working to mitigate its effect on their education systems.
Mistakes were made but there were notable successes too. Some African governments and institutions took steps that showed the sort of foresight, imagination and innovation that was often lacking in other parts of the world.
For this report, "The Effect of Covid-19 on Education in Africa and its Implications for the Use of Technology" the authors received detailed survey responses from over 1600 education and technology practitioners, experts, policy makers, administrators and investors. They asked them to share their experience and to give them their views. They asked what they - governments, institutions and individuals - should learn from the pandemic and its impact. They took the trouble to answer their questions in detail, to tell them what happened to them and give us their opinions.