Investing in education and training in the era of COVID-19 and beyond

This webinar will share UNESCO's analysis of the national fiscal measures for education and skills development, discuss countries' experiences, lessons and policy options in their fiscal response to address the impact of COVID-19 on education. The webinar will explore ways and means to seize the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity for bolder transformative actions and more strategic investment in education and training to achieve SDG 4.

The webinar is primarily directed to policymakers and managers dealing with education financing issues in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, including ministries of education/training, ministries of planning/finance, international and civil society organizations, and other major stakeholders, including the business sector and media.

The 90-minute webinar will include a mix of presentations by and discussion among country representatives and international organizations to share experiences and concrete actions for better investment in education and skills development. This includes panel discussions between the presenters and the audience as well as Q&A session, along with interactive polling sessions. The webinar will be held in English, Spanish and French via Zoom.

Time: 07:30 to 09:00 EST / 13.30 to 15.00 CET


  • Mr. Borhene Chakroun, Director, Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems, UNESCO
  • Ms. Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
  • Mr. Rob Jenkins, Chief of Education and Associate Director, UNICEF
  • Mr. Gwang-Choi Chang, Chief of Section of Education Policy, UNESCo
  • Ms. Hee-jeong Ahn, Deputy Director, Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea
  • Mr. Patrick Khunou, Deputy Director General, Department of Basic Education, South Africa
  • Mr. Yuri van Loon, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Netherlands
  • Ms. Margaret Irving, Education Economist, Global Partnership for Education
  • Ms. Mercedes Garcia-Escribano, Deputy Division Chief, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF
  • Ms. Glenda Quintini, Senior Economist, Skils and Employability, OECD
  • Ms. Satoko Yano, Program Specialist, UNESCO

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Event type: Webinars