Webinar: Accelerating early childhood education in crisis and conflict settings
6 years old Sabbir at BRAC Pre-Primary School, Korail, Dhaka. Credit: UNICEF

Only one in three children in conflict-affected countries are enrolled in pre-primary education; the ‘double emergency’ introduced by COVID-19 has compounded these challenges. Leadership at the global, regional, national and local levels is required to support crisis-sensitive early childhood education.

GPE, UNICEF, the International Rescue Committee and Sesame Workshop are hosting this 1-hour webinar to highlight the urgent need for prioritizing and investing in quality early childhood education and development in crisis and conflict-affected contexts.

Representatives from national ministries, the humanitarian response system and education investors will explore the challenges and opportunities for national decision-makers in data mapping and education sector planning and analysis. This event will be broadcast in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic.

Time: 09:00-10:00 ET / 15:00-16:00 CET

Robert Jenkins, Global Director of Education, UNICEF
Jo Bourne, Chief Technical Officer at the Global Partnership for Education


  • Moderator: Maria Agnese Giordano, Global Education Cluster Co-Lead
  • Dr. Nawaf Al-Ajarmeh, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Education, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Constanza Alarcón Párraga, Vice-minister of Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education, Ministry of Education Colombia
  • Gustavo González, Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator, UN Philippines (TBC
  • Andreas Blom, Education Practice Manager (MENA), The World Bank
  • Sherrie Westin, President of Sesame Workshop


6 years old Sabbir at BRAC Pre-Primary School, Korail, Dhaka. Credit: UNICEF
Event type: Webinars
Colombia, Jordan