This report shares survey findings on the barriers that children face as they transition back to school after prolonged closures with evidence from caregiver and staff surveys across Rising Academy Network Schools.
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This report describes the results from the first round of phone surveys conducted with Rising Academy Network (RAN) families and staff in January-March 2021. The main objective of this study is to determine the barriers that girls face as they transition back to school after prolonged school closures and inform the type of interventions education providers should implement in response. We collected data on school enrollment, attendance, and the impact of COVID-19 on households across 103 government and private schools managed by RAN in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ghana. Across our sample, student dropout and irregular attendance rates after COVID-19 induced school closures are low and are expected to remain contained in the medium term. Caretakers reported that the transition to remote learning decreased the time children spend on education compared to time spent during in-person learning and had a negative impact on their learning. IDinsight will conduct a second round of data collection in Summer 2021 to help RAN develop additional interventions.
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