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Learning to Build Back Better Futures of Education: Webinar No.2 with a Latin America focus

Learning to Build Back Better Futures of Education
Lessons from educational innovation during the covid-19 pandemic
Webinar Series No. 2 with a Latin America focus

Co-organized by the UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE) and the Global Education Innovation Initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, this second webinar seeks to contribute to the development of operational strategies for change in education that will help prepare students for the future, while addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and making education systems more resilient to future disruption, with a Latin America focus.

Drawing on the goals and extensive work of the Global Education Innovation Initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in advancing knowledge on how to transform public education, the aspirations of the Hybrid Education, Learning and Assessment (HELA) initiative of the UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE) and the inspiring vision of UNESCO’s Futures of Education initiative, this webinar sets out to identify and study examples of educational innovation that emerged during the pandemic and that present pathways for transformation.

Learn more about the UNESCO-IBE - Harvard Global Education Innovation Initiative collaboration:

Time and Date
Friday 04 March 2022
15h-16h30 Geneva time (UTC+1)
9h-10h30 New York time (UTC-5)


Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Spanish.

Provisional Agenda

15:00 – 15:15
Welcome and opening remarks (5 minutes for each)
Book launch: Aprender a Reconstruir un Mejor Futuro de la Educación

Mr. Fernando Reimers, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Mr. Yao Ydo, Director, UNESCO-IBE

Moderator: Mr. Ruben Cruz, Program Assistant, UNESCO-IBE

15:15 – 16:15
Panel presentations: Lessons from Education Innovation during the Covid-19 Pandemic (10 minutes for each)

Independent Learning Measurement Initiative, Mexico
  • Sergio Cardenas, Professor, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas

Schools as community learning centres, Mexico
  • Gustavo Rojas, General Director, Mexicanos Primero Sinaloa

Ceibal Integrado: Innovation in the public education system, Uruguay
  • Leandro Folgar, President, Plan Ceibal

A schoolwide strategy for social and emotional learning in the community, Colombia
  • Pablo Jaramillo, CEO, Alianza Educativa

Developing a platform for learning activities and formative assessment, Brazil
  • Carlos Palacios, Researcher, CAEd/UFJF

Moderator: Mr. Renato Opertti, Senior Expert, UNESCO-IBE

16:15 – 16:25
Discussant (10 minutes)
Ms. Elisa Guerra, 
Founder, Colegio Valle de Filadelfia, Mexico
Mr. Andrés Mauricio Castillo Varela, Undersecretary of Quality and Relevance of the Ministry of Education of Bogotá, Colombia 

16:25 – 16:50
Questions from participants (10 minutes)

Moderator: Ms. Florence Ssereo, Programme Specialist, UNESCO

16:50 – 17:00
Closing remarks (5 minutes each)
Mr. Fernando Reimers
, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Mr. Renato Opertti, Senior Expert, UNESCO-IBE   

Recording (YouTube)

Download the concept note and agenda in English, Spanish, and French.