At a time when 87% of the world’s student population is affected by COVID-19 school closures, UNESCO is launching a global education coalition to support countries in scaling up their best distance learning practices and reaching children and youth who are most at risk. Since closing schools to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, governments have been deploying distance learning solutions and grappling with the complexity of provisioning education remotely, from delivering content and supporting teachers to providing guidance to families and addressing connectivity challenges. Equity is the paramount concern because closures disproportionately hurt vulnerable and disadvantaged students who rely on schools for a range of social services, including health and nutrition.
The Coalition, which the EBU is also part of, aims to:
To support these goals, EBU and UNESCO are organizing a series of virtual workshops on educational broadcasting where EBU Members share their experience with a global audience, give hands-on information on how they managed to set up educational programmes for television, radio and online in a very short time, if and how they worked with ministries of education and teachers and how they make an educational programme interesting so that their audience stays tuned in. This workshop is addressed to English-speaking countries and audiences.
Members who will speak about their experiences are GPB (Georgia), LRT (Lithuania) and NPO (Netherlands). We will also have an expert from EBS-Korean Educational Broadcasting System, through our cooperation with the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.
For more information and to receive the invitation to the meeting, please contact Nicola Frank or Madiana Asseraf Jacob.
Following the workshop, meeting notes and video recording can be found by clicking here.