Addressing learning gaps due to COVID-19

06/17/2021 01:00 pm 06/17/2021 02:30 pm Australia/Melbourne Addressing learning gaps due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruptions to education, with widespread school closures forcing children to study from home. While many countries took measures to facilitate the transition to online learning and home-schooling, this was not feasible in many developing countries. The resulting loss of learning exacerbates inequalities by undermining underprivileged children’s educational achievement and their long-term prospects. In this webinar, an international panel of education experts will discuss interventions and measures that can be taken to address this growing problem.

Speakers

Dr Rukmini Banerji, Pratham Education Foundation, India

Dr Banerji started at the Pratham Education Foundation in 1996 and has been Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation since 2015. From 2005 to 2014, she was the Director of ASER Centre, Pratham’s autonomous research and assessment unit, which conducts the nationwide Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) survey. Initially trained as an economist in India, she did her B.A. at St. Stephen’s College and attended the Delhi School of Economics. She was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1991.

Professor Karthik Muralidharan, University of California, San Diego

Professor Muralidharan is the Tata Chancellor’s Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego. He is a principal investigator on the RISE India team, and Co-Chair of the Education Research Program at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT. Professor Muralidharan is one of the world’s leading scholars on education in developing countries. His research has been published in leading economics journals and featured in global media outlets. He is actively involved in policy advice and capacity building in India at both central and state government levels.

Asif Saleh, BRAC, Bangladesh

Asif Saleh is the Executive Director of BRAC Bangladesh. He joined BRAC in 2011, and took up an increasingly important role in the organization. He also led the development of BRAC’s five-year strategic plan in 2016. Prior to joining BRAC, Mr Saleh worked as a policy specialist for the Access to Information (A2i) Programme at the Prime Minister’s Office. He spent 12 years in Goldman Sachs in different fin-tech roles in New York and London, ending his term there as an Executive Director.

He is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Millions Learning International Advisory Group, Brookings Institute. He is also a member of the South Africa-based Innovation Edge, an institution promoting early childhood development. Mr Saleh holds a Bachelor's degree in computer science and an MBA in management and marketing from the Stern School of Business, New York University.

Event host and moderator

Professor Asad Islam, Director, Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES), Monash Business School.

Asad Islam is the Director of the Centre for Development Economics and Substantiality (CDES), Professor at the Department of Economics at Monash University. He has extensive experience working in the field to implement academic and policy-relevant research in the area of education, health and program evaluation. His research work spans a number of developing countries including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, China, Cambodia, Uganda, and Tanzania.

Asad has conducted numerous field experiments including randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to evaluate the educational interventions such as after-school tutoring programs, parent-teacher meetings, early childhood interventions in Bangladesh, Uganda and Tanzania in collaboration with leading NGOs such as BRAC with funding support from DFID (FCDO), AusAId (DFAT) and Lego foundation. He is also working on Rohingya communities in collaboration with BRAC in Bangladesh. He has published widely in leading economics journals.

Organised by

Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES) in partnership with BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD)

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Event Details

Date:
17 June 2021 at 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Venue:
Online - Melbourne time

Description

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruptions to education, with widespread school closures forcing children to study from home. While many countries took measures to facilitate the transition to online learning and home-schooling, this was not feasible in many developing countries. The resulting loss of learning exacerbates inequalities by undermining underprivileged children’s educational achievement and their long-term prospects. In this webinar, an international panel of education experts will discuss interventions and measures that can be taken to address this growing problem.

Speakers

Dr Rukmini Banerji, Pratham Education Foundation, India

Dr Banerji started at the Pratham Education Foundation in 1996 and has been Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation since 2015. From 2005 to 2014, she was the Director of ASER Centre, Pratham’s autonomous research and assessment unit, which conducts the nationwide Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) survey. Initially trained as an economist in India, she did her B.A. at St. Stephen’s College and attended the Delhi School of Economics. She was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1991.

Professor Karthik Muralidharan, University of California, San Diego

Professor Muralidharan is the Tata Chancellor’s Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego. He is a principal investigator on the RISE India team, and Co-Chair of the Education Research Program at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT. Professor Muralidharan is one of the world’s leading scholars on education in developing countries. His research has been published in leading economics journals and featured in global media outlets. He is actively involved in policy advice and capacity building in India at both central and state government levels.

Asif Saleh, BRAC, Bangladesh

Asif Saleh is the Executive Director of BRAC Bangladesh. He joined BRAC in 2011, and took up an increasingly important role in the organization. He also led the development of BRAC’s five-year strategic plan in 2016. Prior to joining BRAC, Mr Saleh worked as a policy specialist for the Access to Information (A2i) Programme at the Prime Minister’s Office. He spent 12 years in Goldman Sachs in different fin-tech roles in New York and London, ending his term there as an Executive Director.

He is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Millions Learning International Advisory Group, Brookings Institute. He is also a member of the South Africa-based Innovation Edge, an institution promoting early childhood development. Mr Saleh holds a Bachelor's degree in computer science and an MBA in management and marketing from the Stern School of Business, New York University.

Event host and moderator

Professor Asad Islam, Director, Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES), Monash Business School.

Asad Islam is the Director of the Centre for Development Economics and Substantiality (CDES), Professor at the Department of Economics at Monash University. He has extensive experience working in the field to implement academic and policy-relevant research in the area of education, health and program evaluation. His research work spans a number of developing countries including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, China, Cambodia, Uganda, and Tanzania.

Asad has conducted numerous field experiments including randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to evaluate the educational interventions such as after-school tutoring programs, parent-teacher meetings, early childhood interventions in Bangladesh, Uganda and Tanzania in collaboration with leading NGOs such as BRAC with funding support from DFID (FCDO), AusAId (DFAT) and Lego foundation. He is also working on Rohingya communities in collaboration with BRAC in Bangladesh. He has published widely in leading economics journals.

Organised by

Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES) in partnership with BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD)

Register now

Register via Zoom