Responding to COVID-19: Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

Project name :

Responding to COVID-19: Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

Project duration :

16-03-2020

Location :

France
Monitoring the educational situation and response to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean

Webinars for Latin America and the Caribbean

Leave no one behind in times of the COVID-19 pandemic

UNESCO has reported that due to the closure of educational institutions as a measure to stop the spread of COVID-19, in early April 2020 around 1,576,021,818 students were out of school worldwide. Of those, more than 160,000,000 are in Latin America and the Caribbean, representing an unprecedented emergency.

Governments in the region have rapidly implemented distance learning modalities, supported educational staff, and mobilized parents, caregivers, and communities to ensure continued learning.

    © UNESCO

    At the regional level, multiple instances of technical and political dialogue have been convened and three common central themes that require immediate and long-term political and programmatic support have been highlighted:

    1. The current scenario indicates important advances and innovation in the area of distance education, through the use of technologies in recent weeks, more than at any other time. However, there are important challenges to guarantee equity and inclusion, especially to the most vulnerable and marginalized population groups;
    2. Need to move towards resilient and flexible educational systems, with a focus on preparedness; and
    3. New mentality and paradigm shift: towards interdisciplinarity and intersectoriality that goes beyond sectoral thoughts and actions focused on education, highlighting the unprecedented opportunity to transform national education systems. This spirit of transformation makes the SDG-Education 2030 Agenda more relevant and necessary.

    Webinar Series with Focus on the Region

    Considering these areas, UNESCO, in collaboration with the Regional Education Cluster for Latin America and the Caribbean, launches a series of exchanges of knowledge and information to respond to the pandemic, focusing on the four pillars of SDG-Education 2030: equity, inclusion, quality and learning throughout life. The objective of this initiative is to support the Ministries of Education and the different educational actors for the development, management and dissemination of relevant evidence that informs the immediate response, as well as the medium and long-term actions.

    Next webinars

    N°11 (América Latina): El coronavirus (Covid-19) y la educación superior: Impacto y recomendaciones (seminar in Spanish) - Register

    Thursday July 9, 2020

    Facilitator: Instituto Internacional para la Educación Superior en América Latina y el Caribe (IESALC)

    ZOOM: https://zoom.us/j/96043480460, Password: 183062

    YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/zMmb9WxhYxk

    Past webinars

    #10 (Latin America): Desarrollo de la resiliencia a través de la planificación sensible a la crisis / planificación de contingencia

    Thursday July 2nd, 2020

    Facilitator: Instituto Internacional de Planeamiento de la Educación (IIPE Buenos Aires)

    Watch it again: https://youtu.be/ioVPmy-M_lQ

    #5 (Caribbean): Social-emotional support in crisis contexts for learners, parents and education personnel

    Friday July 3rd, 2020

    Facilitator: CARICOM, UNESCO Kingston, UNESCO Santiago

    Watch it again: https://youtu.be/kBM7RYJ9IYo

    #9 (Latin America): Inclusión de niños, niñas y adolescentes con discapacidad en la educación a distancia

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

    Facilitator: UNICEF y Save the Children

    Watch it again: https://youtu.be/7-Q1C4YXoXU

    #8 (Latin America): Regreso seguro a la escuela: una guía para profesionales

    Thursday, June 18, 2020, 12 h.

    Facilitator: UNICEF & Save the Children

    Watch it again: https://youtu.be/GpwKv99OM7g

    PDF: Regreso seguro a la escuela: una guía para la práctica

    #4 (Caribbean): Inclusion of children and adolescents with disabilities in distance education

    Thursday, June 16, 2020, 11 h (-4 GMT)

    Facilitator: UNICEF, CARICOM, UNESCO Kingston, UNESCO Santiago

    Watch it again: https://youtu.be/uC73IMLflpo

    #3 (Caribbean) Gender effects on children during the COVID-19 crisis

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    Facilitator: CARICOM, UNESCO Santiago, UNESCO Kingston

    #5 (Latin America) Resources and platforms for the educational response to COVID-19

    Thursday, May 28, 2020 (in Spanish)

    Facilitator: INEE

    #4 (Latin America): How to ensure the return to a safe and secure school within the framework of COVID-19?

    Thursday, May 21, 2020 (in Spanish)

    Facilitator: UNICEF and Save the Children

    #2 (Caribbean): Safe return to schools: Challenges and perspectives for the continuity of teaching and learning in the Caribbean

    May 19, 2020
    The discussion brought together education partners from key public and private institutions, to discuss the most acute issue for education today: the safe return to schools

    #3 (Latin America): Status of teachers and support needed for their work in Covid-19 times in Latin America

    May 15, 2020 (in Spanish)

    Webinar in Spanish. It covered 3 priority dimensions for the region: Job security and teachers' working conditions; Training, tools and support for distance education; Social-emotional support.

    #1 (Caribbean): Supporting teachers and education personnel to ensure continuity of learning in the Caribbean

    May 6, 2020
    The focus of this new conversation was the impacts and challenges associated with gender due to the COVID-19 crisis in students and in the educational sectors of the region. Experiences were shared to address the negative consequences that the closure of schools has for girls in the region, as well as support strategies during the crisis.

    #2 (Latin America): Gender, education and COVID-19: Consequences for girls?

    April 29, 2020 (in Spanish)
    The focus of this new conversation was the impacts and challenges associated with gender due to the COVID-19 crisis in students and in the educational sectors of the region. Experiences were shared to address the negative consequences that the closure of schools has for girls in the region, as well as support strategies during the crisis.

    #1 (Latin America): Guarantee the right to education of people on the move in the context of the COVID-19 emergency

    April 17, 2020 (in Spanish)
    This first webinar offered a space for presentation and discussion on the main challenges of the educational response aimed at displaced children and youth, as well as for the exchange of successful experiences in this area.

    Session's calendar

    N°11 (Latin America): El coronavirus (COVID-19) y la Educación Superior: Impacto y recomendaciones

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

    Facilitator: Instituto Internacional para la Educación Superior en América Latina y el Caribe (IESALC)

     

    N°12 (Latin America): Las voces de las y los jóvenes en el contexto del COVID-19

    Thursday, July 16, 2020

    Facilitator: UNESCO/ Save the Children

     

    N°6: (Caribbean): Considerations of biological hazards from a systemic risk perspective into safe school policies

    Fecha a confirmar

    Facilitator: UNDRR

     

    N°13 (Latin America): Salud en la escuela: preparación para el regreso a clases (fecha a confirmar)

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

    Facilitator: UNESCO y Consejo Noruego para los Refugiados (NRC)

     

    N°14 (Latin America): Reapertura y funcionamiento seguro de las escuelas

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

    Facilitator: UNICEF, UNESCO y Save the Children

     

    N°15 (Latin America): Proteccion de los niños y niñas en casa y en sus comunidades durante la Pandemia en el contexto de la educacion a distancia

    Thursday, August 9, 2020

    Facilitator: Save the Children