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EDUCATION FOR TOMORROW'S WORLD

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Three months into the global COVID-19 pandemic, physical lockdowns have disrupted education for 75% of the world’s students and highlighted the interconnectedness of education systems with students’ health, well-being and security. As the academic year comes to a close in much of the world, we must adapt to the “new normal” as we prepare for the new school year.

In partnership with WISE, the second part of the Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined series will explore the systemic responses to the COVID-19 crisis and unpack what has worked, what has not worked, and what can be reimagined not only for the coming academic year, but for the future of education and learning.

OVERVIEW

Three months into the COVID-19 pandemic, global physical lockdown has made disruption an ongoing reality for three-quarters of the world’s education systems, schools, and students. Simultaneous shocks to financial and health systems have further heightened uncertainty and vulnerability, and have highlighted the interconnectedness of education systems with the health, well-being, and economic security of our communities and learners. As the academic year comes to a close in many parts of the world, parents, educators, and policymakers are grappling to anticipate and adapt to the “new normal” in education as they prepare their systems and classrooms to usher in a new school year in September.

Armed with a semester’s worth of experience, many educators and decision makers will be asking themselves which structures and practices should be preserved in the coming year and which should be adjusted or abandoned. They will also look to better understand the reasons behind the success of some schools and systems compared to the experiences of others. The deep societal inequalities exposed by the COVID-19 crisis have prompted leaders to not only consider how schools can be brought back better than before, but to also rethink the core values at the center of our education systems.

The second part of the WISE Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined series will explore the systemic responses to the COVID-19 crisis and unpack what has worked, what has not worked, and what can be reimagined not only for the coming academic year, but for the future of education and learning. In particular, day one of the three-day event – June 23 – which will be hosted in partnership with Salzburg Global Seminar, will build off of the foundations set in the first part of the series and look at the data and indicators coming out of schools and systems to consider how we best measure the effectiveness of different responses to the crisis.

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Day 1: June 23, 2020 From Rapid Response to Future Preparation

Day one will build off of the foundations set in the first part of the series and look at the data and indicators coming out of schools and systems to consider how we best measure the effectiveness of different responses to the crisis.

Conference Session 1: 09:00 - 12:15 Doha (GMT+3)

  • 09:00-9:10: Conference Welcome
    Stavros Yiannouka, CEO, WISE
     
  • 09:10-9:20: Introduction to Day 1 Agenda & Themes
    Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director of Research & Content Development, WISE
    Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar

     
  • 09:20-09:45: Keynote Speaker + Q&A, Build Back Better: Setting the Scene  
    Speaker: Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
    Discussant: Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar
     
  • 09:45-10:30: Short talks on Policy & Practice: The Impact of COVID-19 on Education Systems Now and in the Future
    In this session, speakers will share their insights on the impact of COVID-19, how schools responded to the crisis and what policies will need to be introduced for the future.
    Speakers: 
    Graham Lang, Chief of Education, Education Cannot Wait
    Sungsup Ra, Director Human and Social Development Division, South Asia Regional Department, Asian Development Bank
    Sara Ruto, Regional Manager, Uwezo East Africa 
    Moderator: Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar
  • 10:30-11:00: Break

  • 11:00- 11:45: Panel Discussion: How do we best measure school and system responses to the crisis? What can we learn from this to build better, more resilient systems for the future?
    This panel will explore how we can best measure school and system responses to the COVID-19 crisis and what can we learn from this to build better, more resilient school systems for the future. This panel will also discuss how their respective institutions have responded to the crisis and what lessons have been learned for moving forward. 
    Speakers: Olli Pekkah Heinonen, Director General, Finnish National Agency for Education
    Hassan Al-Derham, President, Qatar University
    Staneala Beckley, Chair, Sierra Leone Teaching Service Commission
    Moderator: Clare Shine, Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Salzburg Global Seminar
     

  • 11:45-12:25: Institutional & Individual Responses: Recommendations for Building Back Better and Future Preparedness
    As countries across the world slowly begin to emerge out of lockdown, what needs to change within education when the ‘new normal’ emerges after the COVID-19 pandemic? Panelists will share perspectives on how educational spaces can accommodate and support transformed education systems in the future. 
    Speakers: Asif Saleh, Executive Director, BRAC Bangladesh
    Grace Maina, Senior Deputy Director, Curriculum and Research Services, Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development
    Nayef Al ibrahim, CEO, Ibtechar
    Moderator: Ahmed Baghdady, Research Manager, WISE

  • 12:25-12:45: Closing
    Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director, Research and Content Development, WISE, Qatar

 

Conference Session 2:  18:00 - 21:15 Doha (GMT+3)

  • 18:00-18:05: Welcome
    Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director of Research & Content Development, WISE
    Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar

  • 18:05-18:35: Keynote Speaker + Q&A, Build Back Better: Setting the Scene
    Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Former Prime Minister -UK, Commission Chair, The Education Commission
    Discussant: Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar

  • 18:35-18:50: Highlights from the 2020 GEM Report
    In this special address, Manos Antoninis, Director of GEM Report, UNESCO, will share highlights from the 2020 GEM Report. 

  • 18:50-19:35: Short talks on Policy & Practice: The Impact of COVID-19 on Education Systems Now and in the Future  
    In this session, speakers will share their insights on the impact of COVID-19, how schools responded to the crisis and what policies will need to be introduced for the future. 
    Speakers: Emiliana Vegas, Senior fellow and Co-director at Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution
    Liesbet Steer, Director, The Education Commission
    Koji Miyamoto, Senior Economist for Education Global Practice, World Bank Group
    Moderator: Faye Hobson, Program Manager, Salzburg Global Seminar

  • 19:35-20:00: Break 
  • 20:00- 20:45: Panel Discussion: How do we best measure school and system responses to the crisis? What can we learn from this to build better, more resilient systems for the future?

    This panel will explore how we can best measure school and system responses to the COVID-19 crisis and what can we learn from this to build better, more resilient school systems for the future. This panel will also discuss how their respective institutions have responded to the crisis and what lessons have been learned for moving forward.
    Speakers: Darleen Opfer, Vice President and Director RAND Education and Labor, RAND Corporation
    Manos Antoninis, Director of GEM Report, UNESCO
    Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice in International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of The International Education Policy Program, Harvard University
    Moderator: Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar

  • 20:45- 21:25: Institutional & Individual Responses: Recommendations for Building Back Better and Future Preparedness
    As countries across the world slowly begin to emerge out of lockdown, what needs to change within education when the ‘new normal’ emerges after the COVID-19 pandemic? Panelists will share perspectives on how educational spaces can accommodate and support transformed education systems in the future.
    Speakers: Shelby Cosner, Professor and Director of the Center for Urban Educational Leadership, University of Illinois
    Andrea Escobar Vila, Executive Director, Empresarios Por La Educación
    Saran Stewart, Senior Lecturer of Comparative Higher Education and Deputy Dean for Quality Assurance and Undergraduate Matters in the Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of West Indies, Jamaica
    Moderator: Julia Kirby, Manager of Research & Content Dissemination, WISE
     

  • 21:25-21:45: Closing
    Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director of Research & Content Development, WISE

Day 2: June 24, 2020 Leveraging Innovation to Reimagine Resilience

Day two will look at how we can best future-proof educational ecosystems and leverage existing innovation to bolster resilience. 

Conference Session 1: 09:00 - 12:15 Doha (GMT+3)

09:00-9:10: Welcome

09:10-09:30: Keynote Speaker: Setting the Scene for the day

09:30-10:25: Panel: Future-proofing learning ecosystems
This session will examine how learning ecosystems can create new avenues for multi-level stakeholder participation in both the online and material space, without creating silos of information and resources.
Moderator: Danilo Padilla, Education Specialist, UNESCO
Speakers: Rosie Clayton, Co-Founder, Weaving Lab
Akshay Chaturvedi, Founder & CEO, Leverage Edu
Fatma Al-Remaihi, CEO, Doha Film Institute (DFI)

10:25-10:40: Break  

10:40- 11:10: Hear My story: Should we be building resilience within institutions that have been so hard to reform?This series of presentations from key speakers will consider how our systems might be reformed so that they can better reflect our modern world context and become more resilient to future challenges.
Moderator: Victoria Basma, Policy and Partnerships Officer, WISE
Speakers: Sean Holroyd, Associate Professor of Teaching in Physiology and Biophysics at Weill Cornell Medicine Qatar
Jaya Ramchandani, Faculty member, UWC ISAK Japan
Yuan Gu, Founder, Aha School of Social Innovation

11:10-12:10: Specialist Dialogue: Accelerating progress by leveraging innovation
This session will leverage on the expertise of practitioners and examine how to harness innovation to decrease the equity gap and reorient the system so that every learner can thrive in an ever-changing world. 
Moderator: Maryanna Abdo, Managing Director, Center for Evidence and Implementation
Speakers: Meagan Fallone, CEO, Barefoot College International
Surya Karki, Country Director Nepal, United World Schools (UWS)
Bo Stjerne Thomsen, Chair of Learning through Play. Lego Foundation
Lorenzo Benussi, Chief Innovation Officer, Fondazione per la Scuola della Compagnia di San Paolo

12:10-12:15: Closing: Summary of Leveraging Innovation to Reimagine Resilience

Conference Session 2: 18:00 - 21:15 Doha (GMT+3)

18:00-18:10: Welcome

18:10-18:30: Keynote Speaker: Setting the Scene for the day

18:30-19:25: Panel: Future-proofing learning ecosystems
This session will examine how learning ecosystems can create new avenues for multi-level stakeholder participation in both the online and material space, without creating silos of information and resources.
Speakers: Catalina Lopez, COO, Ruta N
Ed Fidoe, Chief Executive, Interdisciplinary School
Ana Raad, Founder and Director, EcoSTEAM

19:25-19:40: Break

19:40- 20:10: Hear My story: Should we be building resilience within institutions that have been so hard to reform?
This series of presentations from key speakers will consider how our systems might be reformed so that they can better reflect our modern world context and become more resilient to future challenges.
Moderator: Victoria Basma, Policy and Partnerships Officer, WISE
Speakers: Amira Yahayoui, CEO & Founder, mos.com
Chelsea Waite, Research Fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute
Daniel Dotse, CEO & Co-Founder, Lead for Ghana

20:10- 21:10: Specialist Dialogue: Accelerating progress by leveraging innovation
This session will leverage on the expertise of practitioners and examine how to harness innovation to decrease the equity gap and reorient the system so that every learner can thrive in an ever-changing world.
Moderator: Andrew Jack, Global Education, Financial Times
Speakers: Rebecca Winthrop, Senior Fellow, Brookings
Dolores Dickson, Executive Director, Camfed Africa
Mona Mourshed, CEO, Generation You Employed
Larry Rosenstock, Founder, High Tech High

21:10-21:15: Closing: Summary of Leveraging

Day 3: June 25, 2020 Redefining Equity through Technology

Day three will examine how the current crisis has accelerated cross-sector collaborations and in turn, underline the need to bridge deep digital divides. 

Conference Session 1: 09:00 - 12:15 Doha (GMT+3)

09:00-9:10: Welcome

09:10-09:30: Keynote Speaker: Setting the Scene for the day

09:30-10:25: Panel: What does the Edtech landscape look like post-C19?

10:25-10:40: Break

10:40- 11:10: Hear my Story: How do we bridge the digital and economic divide ?

Speakers in this session will share their experiences in bridging the digital and economic divide, what the outcomes have been and how we can use these lessons to propel the education sector into the next stage of development.
Moderator: Aurelio Amaral, Policy Development and Partnerships Officer, WISE
Speakers: Janhvi Kanoria, Director of Innovation, Education Above All
Stephane Coillet-Matillon, CEO, KIWIX

11:10-12:10: Specialist Dialogue: Cross-sectional coalition building
Experts from the private and public sector will explore how we can build sustainable cross-sector coalitions and leverage the expertise of each sector so that our education systems become more agile and inclusive. 
Moderator: Sophie Bailey. Founder, EdTech Podcast
Speakers: Dean Ahmed Dallal, GUQ-SFS
Ruben Vardanyan, Co-Founder, Aurora Humanitarian Initiative
Rebecca Grynspan, Secretary General, SEGIB
Rukmini Banerji, CEO, Pratham

12:10-12:15: Closing: Summary of Redefining Equity through Technology 


Conference Session 2: 18:00 - 21:15 Doha (GMT+3)

18:00-18:10: Welcome

18:10-18:30: Keynote Speaker: Setting the Scene for the day
Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner For Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, European Commission

18:30-19:25: Panel: What does the Edtech landscape look like post-C19? 

19:25-19:40: Break 

19:40- 20:10: Hear my Story: How do we bridge the digital and economic divide ?
Speakers in this session will share their experiences in bridging the digital and economic divide, what the outcomes have been and how we can use these lessons to propel the education sector into the next stage of development.
Moderator: Thana El-Sallabi, Program Officer, WISE
Speakers: Craig D’Souza, Head of Global Security, Intelligence & Investigations (GSII), Executive Protection (GSEP), Facebook
Jean Pierre Mutambarungu, Founding Dean, Faculty of Management, Kepler
Sam Butters, CEO, Education Fair Alliance

20:10- 21:10: Specialist Dialogue: Cross-sectional coalition building
Experts from the private and public sector will explore how we can build sustainable cross-sector coalitions and leverage the expertise of each sector so that our education systems become more agile and inclusive.
Moderator: Matthew Swift, CEO & Co-Founder, Concordia
Speakers: Thor Ellegaard, CEO, Edtech Denmark
Vicky Colbert, Founder & Director, Fundacion Escuela Nueva
Sherrie Westin, President of Social Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop

21:10-21:15: Closing: Summary of Redefining Equity through Technology