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An education podcast where we talk to the world’s leading minds. Brought to you by WISE: The global platform for innovators in education. Join us as we talk to thought leaders, innovators, educators and artists from around the world about any and all things to do with education.

    72: Post-Pandemic Priorities for Education Part 6: Africa - Shannon May

    72: Post-Pandemic Priorities for Education Part 6: Africa - Shannon May

    Africa is the birthplace of humanity. The place where Homo Sapiens evolved language, built increasingly complex tools, and took the first tentative steps on a journey that would see our species populate the entire world.

    If Africa represents humanity’s distant past, it also, in many respects, represents its future. Most of the world’s growth in population today, and for the foreseeable future, is taking place in Africa.

    The UN projects that by 2090, around half of all children under the age of 15 will be in Africa. It does not take a giant leap of the imagination to conclude that the education of those children is of crucial importance, not just for the continent itself, but for the entire world.

    To help us understand the state of education in Africa, President and Co-Founder of NewGlobe, Shannon May joins Host and CEO of WISE, Stavros Yiannouka, in conversation.

    NewGlobe is the largest supporter of technology-enabled schools across Africa, supporting national and state governments and communities across the continent.

    Tune in to hear Shannon discuss the overall state of education in Africa pre-pandemic, education responses to the pandemic, parental engagement, the status and appreciation of teachers, and many more topics, including a special section towards the end featuring Education Editor of the Financial Times, Andrew Jack reflecting on the conversation.
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    Relevant links:

    NewGlobe: https://newglobe.education/

    Follow Shannon May: https://twitter.com/drshannonmay?lang=en

    Follow Andrew Jack: https://twitter.com/AJack?s=20

    Financial Times Education: https://www.ft.com/education
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    71: Post-Pandemic Priorities for Education Part 5: Europe - Tracey Burns

    71: Post-Pandemic Priorities for Education Part 5: Europe - Tracey Burns

    Europe is the world's wealthiest continent and the first region in the world to modernize. The scientific and industrial revolutions began in Europe and the first recognizably modern administrative states were established there, with the possible exception of China. Europe's fragmentation into competing empires and nation-states is seen as both a strength and a weakness.

    Given the historical context, it is not surprising that Europe's policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic was far from uniform, even in the collective structures of the EU. When it comes to education priorities for the post-pandemic era, can Europe reprise its role as the world's policy innovation laboratory?

    To help answer this question, Senior Analyst at the OECD Center for Educational Research & Innovation, Tracey Burns joins us in the latest episode of our special series focusing on post-pandemic priorities for the future of education.

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    Relevant links:

    Trends shaping education: https://www.oecd.org/education/ceri/trends-shaping-education.htm
    21st century children: https://www.oecd.org/education/ceri/21st-century-children.htm
    Strenghtening the impact of educational research: https://www.oecd.org/education/ceri/education-research-team.htm

    Tracey's recent publications:

    https://www.oecd.org/education/back-to-the-future-s-of-education-178ef527-en.htm

    https://www.oecd.org/education/education-in-the-digital-age-1209166a-en.htm

    https://www.oecd.org/digital/educating-21st-century-children-b7f33425-en.htm
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    70: Post-Pandemic Priorities for Education Part 4: Brazil - Claudia Costin

    70: Post-Pandemic Priorities for Education Part 4: Brazil - Claudia Costin

    Claudia Costin is the founder and director of the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Education Policies (FGV CEIPE), a think and do tank within Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), a leading private University in Brazil, where she is a professor. Claudia was until 2018 a visiting Professor at the Harvard School of Education.

    Brazil is the most populous country and the largest economy in Latin America. It is home to over 650 million people, about a third of whom live in just one country. The region is currently where some of the world’s most intractable challenges confronting the world are present in their most acute forms. For example, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean, the region is the most unequal part of the world, notwithstanding positive economic growth.

    Claudia Costin joins us to help navigate through recent developments in Brazil and the broader Latin American region, and to discuss post-pandemic priorities for the future of education in the region.
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    Follow Claudia: https://bit.ly/2RO0IW5
    Learn more about Claudia: https://bit.ly/3vrO2CV
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    69: Post-Pandemic Priorities for Education Part 3: China - Berlin Fang

    69: Post-Pandemic Priorities for Education Part 3: China - Berlin Fang

    Berlin Fang is an education columnist and currently serves as the Director of Instructional Design at Abilene Christian University. His major interests are faculty acceptance of educational technology, the diffusion of innovation, managed change, academic integrity, the ethnography of technology use in higher education, and cross-cultural comparisons of education. Prior to this, he was the Associate Director of North Institute at Oklahoma Christian University, Instructional Design Specialist for Marshall University, and program manager for the American Management Association (China). He graduated from Syracuse University with an M.S. in instructional design and Nanjing University with an M.A. in English Language and Literature.

    In this episode, we sit down with Berlin to discuss China’s post-pandemic priorities for the future of education.

    China is the world’s most populous country and its second-largest economy. Current growth trends suggest that China is poised to overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy within the next 6-7 years. China has a long and rich tradition of formal education that can be traced all the way back to the Han Dynasty. Coming out of the pandemic, will we see a transformation in China’s long-rooted education system? Berlin Fang helps us navigate these emerging trends and paint a picture for what the future holds for China’s role in education.

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    Relevant links:

    Berlin Fang's website: berlinfangblog.wordpress.com
    Ten Common Myths about Educational Innovations: bit.ly/2UT08Vs
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    68: Post-Pandemic Priorities for Education Part 2 India - Rukmini Banerji

    68: Post-Pandemic Priorities for Education Part 2 India - Rukmini Banerji

    Rukmini Banerji is the CEO of the Pratham Education Foundation, India's and the world's largest education NGO. Rukmini has been with Pratham since 1996 and has extensive field experience in program design implementation in both rural and urban settings. She also led Pratham's research and assessment activities, including the groundbreaking ASER report from 2005 to 2014.

    In this episode, we sit down with Rukmini to discuss India’s post-pandemic priorities for the future of education.

    India is the world’s second-most populous country and is projected to overtake China in just four years to become the world’s most populous country with 1.45 billion people. India already has the world’s largest school-age population: around 250 million children aged between 5-15. That’s 20% of the world’s total and to put that figure further into perspective, the equivalent figure for China is around 170 million.

    How India will cope with the education fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic will have profound implications not just for the lives of a significant population of the world’s young, but for the world as a whole given the important role India plays and will play in the supply of skilled labor.

    Read the ASER 2020 Wave 1 report: pratham.org/2020/10/28/aser-2020-wave-1-findings/

    Follow Pratham: twitter.com/Pratham_India

    Follow Andrew Jack: twitter.com/AJack
    Subscribe to the Financial Times: ft.com/education
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    67: Post-Pandemic Priorities for Education Part I: The United States - Rebecca Winthrop

    67: Post-Pandemic Priorities for Education Part I: The United States - Rebecca Winthrop

    Rebecca Winthrop is a senior fellow and co-director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution.

    Her research focuses on education globally, with special attention to the skills young people need to thrive in work, life, and as constructive citizens. She advises governments, international institutions, foundations, civil society organizations, and corporations on education issues.

    Winthrop has authored numerous articles, reports, books, and book chapters, including most recently Leapfrogging Inequality: Remaking Education to Help Young People Thrive with Adam Barton and Eileen McGivney. Her work has been featured in the BBC, Newsweek, Time Ideas, NPR, Economist, and The Financial Times, among others.

    Rebecca joins us to discuss Brooking's new taskforce assembled to guide the next generation of community schools in the US, the scale of the learning loss in the US, building back better, and much more.

    Listen to the full episode for a special section featuring Global Education Editor of the Financial Times, Andrew Jack, discuss the key outcomes of the discussion.

    Timestamps:

    00:00:00: Introduction
    00:04:02: What's been keeping Rebecca busy this past year?
    00:07:22: Brooking's Next Generation Schools Task Force
    00:16:12: What's the scale of the learning loss?
    00:17:22: The effects of COVID are felt very differently
    00:21:04: Are we really building back better?
    00:28:16: Bringing students, parents, and teachers onboard with change
    00:35:34: What the Biden-Harris administration can do in 2021
    00:38:16: Lightening the bureaucratic load of testing in schools
    00:42:28: Why is it so hard to change or replace programs?
    00:45:02: The role of parents and family engagement education
    00:47:06: What would it take to get us to leapfrog and not revert?
    00:49:24: Andrew Jack's initial response
    00:52:42: A remote world raising the status of teachers
    00:53:58: Are schools going to revert or fundamentally change?
    00:58:26: The UK debate on extending the academic year
    01:02:34: Reopening schools - where we stand globally
    01:05:48: Academic discipline cut to identifying learning loss
    01:08:36: What policymakers are thinking
    01:11:45: The role of media in supporting education

    Read Brooking's Report on the next generation of Community Schools: https://brook.gs/3l7kx4P

    Subscribe to the Financial Times: ft.com/education

    Follow Rebecca Winthrop: twitter.com/RebeccaWinthrop

    Follow Andrew Jack: twitter.com/AJack
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