UNESCO Beirut and the Regional Center for Educational Planning initiate a regional dialogue on the Future of Education after COVID-19 in presence of UAE Minister of Education
16 June 2020
- The current global pandemic has changed anticipated futures across the globe.
- The COVID-19 crisis is both world-shattering and world-making as there is a widely shared sense that humanity is at a defining moment for rethinking the future.
While a reflection on probable/anticipated and possible/alternative futures is well underway within UNESCO’s Futures of Education: Learning to Become initiative launched before the crisis in September 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has made this initiative more timely, giving it a key momentum.
Against this backdrop, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States (UNESCO Beirut), in partnership with UNESCO HQ and the Regional Center for Educational Planning (RCEP), organized on 16 June 2020 an Arab Region Dialogue on the Future of Education after COVID-19. The webinar aimed to examine the impact of COVID-19 on educational continuity in the Arab region, to reflect on the lessons learnt from the challenges faced during the COVID-19 crisis as we look to the futures of education, and to explore and analyze plans and strategies proposed to frame the vision of education after COVID-19. The webinar is built upon the achievement of a 2017 regional think tank seminar on “Rethinking Education” organized in Sharm EL Sheikh, Egypt and reaffirms the 2016 Cairo Declarations for rethinking education. It also comes in the framework of UNESCO’s Education Response to the COVID-19 crisis and the Organization’s continuous support for Arab Member States during and after COVID-19.
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