ONLINE EVENT: The Costs of and Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic’s Impact on the Education Sector in Latin America and the Caribbean


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This event will be held in Spanish with English and Portuguese interpretation

In the last year, the pandemic has created an unimaginable disruption in the education system of Latin America and the Caribbean. Even though many countries invested resources to support distance learning, academic outcomes show that many students are falling behind. Learning poverty by the end of primary education could increase by more than 20 percent. Over two in three lower secondary education students could fall below minimum proficiency levels, and learning losses will be especially widespread for the most vulnerable students.

Now more than ever, it is important to support a safe and effective school reopening to start the long recovery process. This webinar will discuss the results of a World Bank report on the costs faced by countries in the region due to school closure and emerging lessons on the subsequent reopening of schools. During this event, panelists will discuss policy recommendations for a safe return to school and learning recovery.

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We invite participants to send questions through the Q&A function on Zoom.





1:00 PM – 1:10 PM


Opening Remarks




Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)

Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, Vice President, Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank (@CF_Jaramillo)


1:10 PM – 1:30 PM


Presentation of Report: Acting Now to Protect the Human Capital of Our ChildrenThe Costs of and Response to Covid-19 Pandemic’s Impact on the Education Sector in Latin America and the Caribbean




Emanuela Di Gropello, Education Practice Manager, Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank


1:30 PM – 2:10 PM


Panel Discussion



Raúl Figueroa Salas
, Minister, Ministry of Education, Chile (@raulfiguersa)

Priscila Cruz, Executive President, Education for All (Todos Pela Educação) (@PriscilaFCruz)

Sandra García, Associate Professor, Universidad de los Andes and Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Inter-American Dialogue (@sandragarciajar)

Jaime Saavedra, Global Director of Education, World Bank (@JaimeSaavedra22)


2:10 PM – 2:30 PM


Question and Answer Section




Moderated by: 
Ariel Fiszbein, Director, Education Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@arielfiszbein)


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