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UNESCO will host a virtual presentation and discussion of the measures, best practices and achievements implemented by its newly created Global Education Coalition in helping countries ensure education continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic, on Friday, 25 September, 10am to 11:30am, New York time (UTC-4).

The event, Education During Covid-19 and Beyond: The Global Education Coalition in Action, held within the framework of the United Nations General Assembly, will be hosted by the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, who initiated the Global Education Coalition in March this year to respond to the educational challenge of COVID-19 which, at its worst, kept 1.6 billion learners worldwide out of the classroom.

The event will present the progress report about UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition achievements and discuss lessons learned in responding to requests from more than 70 countries during the pandemic with a view to rethinking the future of education.

In Senegal, for example, the Ministry of Education, UNESCO and Coalition members, Microsoft and Huawei, joined forces to support tens of thousands of teachers and students to continue learning. 82,000 teachers and 500,000 learners enrolled on the Ministry’s Distance Learning Platform and a further 1.5 million learners and teachers are expected to sign up with support from Microsoft. UNESCO is supporting training for 200 teachers to be ‘master trainers’ and Huawei has provided devices to improve their connectivity.

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