IIEP Strategic Debate: It takes a village - and technology - to educate a child

07 June 2018


CEO and co-founder of Pratham, Madhav Chavan, poses with students in India.

For those of you tuning into our Strategic Debate, please find here the link to the presentation and the link to watch the livestream on YoutTube:

Presentation: https://box.iiep.unesco.org/index.php/s/7rmSYMqbKeeSnKq

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2PkO99bruI



Teacher training, leadership training, and curricular reforms are often talked about as remedies to overcome the learning crisis. But what if the model of the school as we know it is simply inadequate and outdated?

Join our next Strategic Debate on 25 June 2018 with Madhav Chavan, co-founder Pratham Education Foundation. His organization has been working with the school system in India for two decades, primarily in underprivileged urban and rural communities. His talk will focus on a new afterschool initiative that relies on children learning groups with help from parents, local volunteers, and information technology resources and tools. While still in its early stages, this hybrid-learning programme is pointing in interesting directions to create open learning spaces for lifelong education.

Suzanne Grant Lewis, Director of IIEP-UNESCO, will be the moderator, and Valtencir Mendes, Project Officer working on ICT in Education at UNESCO, will be the discussant.

When: Monday, 25 June, 2018
4pm – 6pm (CEST)
Where: IIEP-UNESCO auditorium
7-9 rue Eugene Delacroix, 75116 Paris

This event will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation into French (only in English via livestream).

Watch the webcast

Not in Paris? We will be livestreaming this debate (12:30pm CEST). Make sure to register here to receive a reminder and link to the web cast.

Join the debate on Twitter with the #StrategicDebate and @IIEP_UNESCO.

2018 Strategic Debate theme

There is widespread recognition of the global learning crisis, with millions of children and youth unable to perform basic skills in reading, writing, and math. What is less clear is what children need to learn and how we can foster all-inclusive quality education for a rapidly changing future. In pursuit of SDG 4, we must look beyond the obvious and debate new ideas and strategies that will ultimately redefine learning while ensuring accessibility for all.