How to help children continue to learn during COVID-19
Thursday 30 July 2020 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm BST
Due to COVID-19 and the accompanying lockdown measures, children around the world have been unable to go to school, in some countries for as long as six months. The Aga Khan Foundation and the Aga Khan Education Services have been at the forefront of responding to this educational crisis by co-designing new solutions with communities, educators, and learners worldwide and adapting their education programming to ensure children can continue to learn, develop and grow during these uncertain times.
Join AKF’s Dr. Andrew Cunningham and Nafisa Shekhova and AKES’s Margery Evans to learn about some of the innovative new approaches they are taking to respond to COVID-19, the medium and long-term impact on education globally and how the education sector might respond to these evolving challenges.
This webinar will be moderated by Ronan Ferguson, Manager, Accenture Development Partnerships, Growth Markets.
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Dr. Andrew CunninghamGlobal Lead, Education, Aga Khan Foundation
Dr. Andrew (Andy) Cunningham is the Global Lead for Education at the Aga Khan Foundation, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, based at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Andy co-leads AKF’s global education portfolio, working in partnership with governments, academia, philanthropy, school practitioners, civil society and the private sector to co-develop and scale innovations in education that strengthen the public provision of quality, lifelong learning for all across 16 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. Among the many initiatives at AKF, Andy has spearheaded the launch of the new Schools2030 programme (www.schools2030.org), working with 1000 schools across 10 countries for 10 years to dramatically improve learning outcomes for the most marginalized students from the bottom-up, rather than top-down methods.
Before joining AKF, Andy worked for UNICEF, the World Bank, World Learning, and the Education Above All Foundation, amongst others. In 2006, he co-founded the Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research in Muhuru Bay, Kenya as the first girls secondary boarding school in the region offering full-scholarships, living out of a mud-hut as its Executive Director during its first two years. WISER has emerged as one of Kenya’s top-performing girls’ secondary schools in the country, especially in STEM.
Cunningham graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a double major in International Comparative Studies and Chinese and received a Masters in Comparative International Education at Oxford University with distinction. He earned his Doctorate degree from Oxford University in International Education, understanding local Kenyan realities of effective school leadership strategies for school improvement through mobile and cloud-based technologies. He is the recipient of the prestigious Marshall, Truman, and Robertson Scholarships; the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Award, Oxford’s Vice Chancellor’s Award for Social Impact and Duke’s Presidential Alumni Award for Global Leadership.
Margery EvansAcademic Director, Aga Khan Education Services
Margery Evans has spent her career in education having held positions as a teacher, school principal, and systems leader. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Melbourne University, in Australia. In her current role as Academic Director for the Aga Khan Education Services, Margery is supporting the repositioning and strengthening of teaching, learning and academic programmes for the Aga Khan school system. COVID-19 has added considerable complexity and created great opportunities in this work.
Nafisa ShekhovaGlobal Lead, Education, Aga Khan Foundation
Nafisa co-leads AKF’s global education portfolio. She has been with the AKDN for over 18 years in education and early childhood development roles in Afghanistan and East Africa, and Geneva. Nafisa has also worked as a teacher at the school and university levels in Tajikistan.
Nafisa holds a Bachelor’s degree in teaching English as a Second Language from Khorog State University and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Melbourne. Nafisa is fluent in English, Russian and Tajik.
Ronan FergusonManager, Accenture Development Partnerships, Growth Markets
Ronan is a member of the Accenture Development Partnerships core team, where he brings social innovation and impact to organisations operating in Africa. His portfolio of projects and initiatives tend to involve a systems view for delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals. Ronan has been in strategy consulting for six years. He has a degree in Biological Sciences from Oxford University.