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17 September 2020
Nº 458

Latest news, research, and reports, on key markers of the Education 2030 Agenda, with a special focus on curriculum and related matters.

Published bi-weekly.

COVID-19 impact on education and learning


The pandemic’s effect on education is not being discussed enough, says Indonesian minister

Indonesia. CNBC, 14 September

The Netherlands pledges additional €6 million to support Education Cannot Wait’s COVID-19 education in emergency response

The Netherlands. Education Cannot Wait, 11 September

Disruptions of literacy learning in Jordan and Democratic Republic of the Congo due to COVID-19

Jordan/Democratic Republic of the Congo. UNESCO, 17 September

Reports and publications

Beyond reopening schools: How education can emerge stronger than before COVID-19

Brookings Institution, 2020

Technical note: impact of COVID-19 on child poverty

Save the Children/UNICEF, 2020

Act now: reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the cost of achieving SDG 4

UNESCO, 2020

Events and webinars

ICT-enabled distance education opportunities for students and teachers in the context of COVID-19

UNESCO, 25 September

Early childhood care and education (ECCE)


Increased support vital to help children affected by Beirut explosions back to school, one month after devastating explosions

Lebanon. UNICEF, 3 September

Education Division to ask private sector for support

Tobago. Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, 6 September

Curriculum, learning, and assessment


Egypt announces new system for high school, regulations for school year amid COVID-19

Egypt. Egypt Independent, 8 September

Kenya pledges investment in adult literacy programs

Kenya. Xinhua, 12 September

National curriculum framework for teachers’ education to be developed under NEP 2020: Education Minister

India. Hindustan Times, 16 September

U.S. Embassy, DepEd launch new teacher training program

Philippines. Philippine Information Agency, 17 September

Curriculum for Excellence fail: Scotland's global reputation for quality education "at risk"

Scotland. The Scotland Herald, 15 September

Reports and publications

Capturing 21st century skills: analysis of assessments in selected sub-Saharan African countries

UNESCO, 2020

Inclusive, equitable and quality education


Security Council demands an end to attacks on schools worldwide

International. UN News, 10 September

Attacks on education during times of conflict must stop: UN chief

International. UN News, 9 September

Education Ministers of G-20 nations resolve to work together to ensure ‘inclusive and equitable quality education’

India. Hindustan Times, 16 September

International Day to Protect Education from Attack - Education Above All Foundation calls for end of rhetoric and impunity as the official response toward attacks on education

International. ReliefWeb, 10 September

Reports and publications

Briefing paper: Supporting safe education in the Central Sahel (September 2020)

Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, 2020


STEM education


Norway helping Croatia to upgrade STEM education

Croatia. Croatia Week, 17 September

Government ramps up STEM education

Jamaica. Jamaica Observer, 16 September


Support for STEM secondary education

Egypt. USAID, 9 September

Reports and publications

The puzzling relationship between international development and gender equity: The case of STEM postsecondary education in Cambodia

Lara Perez-Felkner, John S. Felkner, Samantha Nix, and Melissa Magalhães

The potential of digital tools to enhance mathematics and science learning in secondary schools: A context-specific meta-analysis

Delia Hillmayr, Lisa Ziernwald, Frank Reinhold, Sarah I. Hoferb, and Kristina M. Reiss.

Emerging technologies and education


London leads European EdTech revolution

England. WebWire, 7 September


Short, online courses can unblock gender and other diversity issues in digital skills education 

United Kingdom. FE News, 9 September

IBE-UNESCO publications and events


IBE-UNESCO hosts the first IBE-Switzerland joint meeting since 2017


Prospects, comparative journal of curriculum, learning, and assessment

Inclusion and equity in education: Making sense of global challenges

Mel Ainscow

Educational inclusion and equity in Latin America: An analysis of the challenges

Ignacio Calderón-Almendros, Mel Ainscow, Silvia Bersanelli & Pamela Molina-Toledo

Inclusion and equity in education: Current policy reform in Nova Scotia, Canada

Jess Whitley & Trista Hollweck 

Understanding the value of inclusive education and its implementation: A review of the literature

Anthoula Kefallinou, Simoni Symeonidou & Cor J. W. Meijer 

News articles

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