This report presents an analysis of the impact of school closures as a COVID-19 response measure in the DRC, and is intended to inform evidence-based programming to mitigate the short- and long-term consequences to health, protection, and education of children and adolescents in the DRC. It demonstrates that the impact of school closures does not end with the reopening of schools; the evidence shared in this report highlight the long-term impacts that will continue to be felt following two extended periods of school closures in the DRC, and calls for an urgent response.

In the absence of a specific nationwide study to this effect, the CASS conducted this meta-synthesis to examine existing data from different sources and different parts of the country to highlight the impacts of COVID-19 school closures on children and adolescents.

It was developed by the Cellule d’Analyse en Sciences Sociales (CASS).