Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined: Part II





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Jun 18, 2020
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Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined: Part II

Second program from Salzburg Global and WISE addresses what comes next for schools as they deal with the "new normal" post-COVID-19 In partnership with WISE, Salzburg Global Seminar will next week (June 23-25) host the second part of the Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined series

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, Salzburg Global Seminar will next week (June 23-25) co-host the second part of the Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined series to 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.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, serious questions have been raised about the resilience of our current education systems. This crisis has pushed the education sector’s existing shortcomings into new territory, from learning design to equity and access. The impact of COVID-19 cannot be underestimated and we are likely to see further disruption over the coming years as education systems continue to transition into a new phase. The roles of our education leaders, academic institutions and our approach to teaching and learning will need to be redefined.   
The theme “Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined” therefore reflects this idea of redefinition; disruption no longer has to be a point of crisis but can rather be a moment of opportunity where we reimagine our existing systems and rebuild them in a way that allows for greater equity, access and innovation.

Salzburg Global will be co-hosting the first day of the program, which will feature keynotes from Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO and Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education and former UK Prime Minister. Manos Antoninis, director of GEM Report, UNESCO, will also deliver a special address where he will share highlights from this year's report, which is published on the day of the conference. Other panel discussions will be led by practitioners and policymakers from Bangladesh, Finland, Guatemala, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Qatar, the Republic of Korea, Sierra Leone, the UK and the US.

The day’s discussions will build on the foundations set in the first part of the series, held in April, 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.

The first program brought together online thousands of teachers, administrators, researchers and education advocates around the world to hear from education leaders on the frontlines about how they are managing this unprecedented disruption. 

The second and third days of this installment in the series, led by WISE and HolonIQ will explore how we can best future-proof educational ecosystems and leverage existing innovation to bolster resilience and how the current crisis has accelerated cross-sector collaborations and in turn, underline the need to bridge deep digital divides. 

Participation is free and open to all. To register, please visit: 

The program Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined: Part II is being held in partnership with WISE, an initiative of Qatar Foundation.