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Mini-International Learning Exchange (Mini-ILE): Safe Reopening Of Schools, 2020

The COVID-19 situation has impacted many sectors, including the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as well as education sectors.

It is estimated that, globally, 1.12 billion school children are staying home with a high number of children not continuing their education online. Nevertheless, the COVID-19 outbreak has been addressed and controlled in some countries, and a gradual reopening of workplaces, public places and schools have been announced in these countries.

To ensure that the proper precautions continue to take place, UN organizations and their partners have developed and shared guidelines and checklists to support the reopening of schools.

This Mini International Learning Exchange (Mini-ILE) has been organized to help countries prepare for the reopening of schools, with a focus on WASH and infection, prevention and control (IPC) interventions. The Mini-ILE is planned as a 3-hour session, gathering participants from all the 14 countries in the East Asia and Pacific region including government partners and  their development partners, civil society organizations, academia and different partners including the private sector. Participants from other regions are welcomed as observers.

Aims of the Mini-ILE:

The main purpose of the Mini-ILE was to share existing good practices, information and materials available to support countries in the process of reopening schools or currently facing challenges in school re-openings. Evidence-based data and information on COVID-19 infection, prevention and control and WASH response plans will be introduced and  discussed. Countries will be given the opportunity to exchange experiences, plans and challenges. 

ILE Overview

The Programme of the Mini-ILE can be found here

The report of the Mini-ILE (2021) can be found here.


1. Keynote from the education sector: Impact of COVID-19 on Education

2. COVID-19 Control Strategies for Opening Schools

3. WASH in Schools (WinS) interventions – guidance for reopening of schools

4. Cost Estimation WinS interventions for Reopening of Schools (Country example Vietnam)


Breakout Session 1, country presentations: Philippines and Timor Leste

Breakout Session 2, country presentations: Myanmar, Papua New Guinea (coming soon), Lao PDR 

Breakout Session 3, country presentations: Cambodia, China, DPRK (coming soon)

Breakout Session 4, country presentations: Indonesia, Fiji (coming soon) and Vietnam 

Breakout Session 5, for international observers from non-EAPRO countries:


Wrap-Up of the Mini ILE

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