Responding to COVID-19: Education 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.

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.

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.

Summary video - Serie of webinars

Past webinars

What have we learned from our response to COVID-19 and where to from here in  Latin America and the Caribbean region

Thursday December 10th 2020.

Facilitator: UNESCO

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#25 (Latin America): Resultados y lecciones de proyectos de educación en contexto COVID-19: Venezuela

Thursday November 12th 2020, 11 h -3 GMT (Santiago, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo)

Facilitators: Worldvision and UNICEF, Education cannot wait

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#24 (Latin America): N°25 (América Latina): Disponibilidad de información sobre estudiantes en situación de movilidad en los sistemas de información

Thursday October26th 2020, 11 h -3 GMT (Santiago, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo)

Facilitators: UNESCO

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#23 (Latin America): Reapertura de escuelas: Una mirada desde la protección de la niñez

Thursday October 19th 2020, 11 h -3 GMT (Santiago, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo)

Facilitators: Worldvision and UNICEF

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#22 (Latin America): Educación para el Desarrollo Sostenible y Cambio Climático. Oportunidades y desafíos para la transformación social hacia estilos de vida sostenibles desde las escuelas y sus comunidades

Thursday October 15th 2020, 11 h -3 GMT (Santiago, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo)

Facilitators: UNICEF, Fundación MERI, Siemens Stiftung

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#21 (Latin America): Educación para la salud, bienestar y promoción de la higiene, ¿un nuevo paradigma dentro de la comunidad educativa?

Thursday Octobre 14, 2020, 11 h -3 GMT (Santiago, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo)

Facilitator: Consejo Noruego para Refugiados

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#20 (Latin America): Lanzamiento de la herramienta "Reforzar la igualdad", guía para el regreso de las niñas a la escuela

Thursday September 24th, 2020, 11 h -3 GMT (Santiago, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo)

Faciliitator: UNICEF, UNESCO, Plan International

Summary, documents and video (in Spanish)

#19 (Latin America): Planificación e implementación de servicios de agua, saneamiento e higiene en escuelas en procesos de reapertura de escuelas

Thursday September 17th, 2020, 11 h -3 GMT

Facilitator: UNICEF, UNESCO.

Summary, documents and video (in Spanish)

#18 (Latin America): Evaluación formativa. La experiencia de centros escolares en América Latina para movilizar aprendizajes en el contexto de la COVID-19

Thursday September 10th, 2020 (in Spanish)

Facilitator: UNICEF, UNESCO.

Summary, documents and video (in Spanish)

#17 (Latin America): Presentación de notas de orientación para apoyar la planificación y preparación de los procesos de reapertura de escuelas en el contexto de Covid-19

Thursday August 27, 2020

Facilitated by: UNICEF, UNESCO and WFP

Summary, documents and video (In Spanish)

#16 (Latin America): La priorización curricular en el contexto de la respuesta al COVID-19, desafíos y oportunidades”

Thursday August 13, 2020

Facilitator: UNICEF, UNESCO

Summary, documents and video (in Spanish)

#15 (Latin America): Desafíos de la evaluación en tiempos de pandemia

In Spanish. Thursday, August 6, 2020

Facilitated by Laboratorio Latinoamericano de Evaluación de la Calidad de la Educación (LLECE), Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago)

Summary, documents and video (in Spanish)

#14 (Latin America): Protección de los niños y niñas en casa y en sus comunidades durante la Pandemia en el contexto de la educacion a distancia

In Spanish. Thursday, July 30, 2020

Facilitated by Save the Children

Summary, documents and video (in Spanish)

#13 (Latin America): ¿Cómo garantizamos la continuidad de trayectorias educativas durante y después del COVID- 19 en América Latina y el Caribe?

In Spanish. Thursday, July 23, 2020

Facilitator: UNESCO y Fundación Súmate

Summary, documents and video (in Spanish)

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

In Spanish. Thursday, July 16, 2020

Facilitator: Save the Children, RET Américas, Plan Internacional y UNICEF

Summary, documents and video

#11 (Latin America): El coronavirus (Covid-19) y la educación superior: Impacto y recomendaciones

In Spanish. Thursday July 9, 2020

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

Summary, documents and video

#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 in Spanish: 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

Summary, documents and video (in English)

#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 in Spanish: 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 in Spanish: 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

Summary, documents and video

#6 (Latin America): Culture and education: Harnessing the power of culture in times of crisis

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Facilitator: UNESCO

#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.