Education and Academia Stakeholder Group (EASG) Side event at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2020

Education: the pathway for transformation during and after a crisis

9th of July, 8 am – 9 am NY time

Language: English

Please register HERE.

Education is widely recognised as an important human right and precondition for the dignity of human life. At the same time, education and lifelong learning are at the heart of decent work, equality, environmental awareness, and peaceful, just societies. The COVID-19 pandemic has left a huge impact on education across the globe: At least 850 million children and youth are classless due to suspensions taken in more than a hundred countries to combat the coronavirus outbreak, according to the latest balance of the UNESCO.

This context requires accelerated action, transformative pathways and additional budgetary effort, deepening development cooperation according to the commitments made, South-South and triangular cooperation to achieve the education goals of the 2030 agenda with the active commitment of States, multilateral organizations and bilateral, private sector, unions, and the experience role of CSOs play in dealing with emergencies.
This event will gather experts to discuss measures to mitigate the negative consequences of crises on education, particularly for the most vulnerable groups and educators.


  • Pablo Gentili – Government of Argentina
  • Refat Sabbah – Global Campaign for Education
  • Nani Zulminarni – International Council for Adult Education
  • Robert Napier – European Students Union

Speakers will discuss the trends, gaps and main features of education as well as the awareness of human and civil rights in crisis contexts. Educational strategies that can help people find urgent and short-term measures to protect themselves, their families and to allow “caring for those who educate” will be elaborated: during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conveners: Education and Academia Stakeholder Group: Global Campaign for Education, International Council for Adult Education, Education International and the European Students Union.

Please register HERE.

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The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a civil society movement that aims to end exclusion in education. Education is a basic human right, and our mission is to make sure that governments act now to deliver the right of everyone to a free, quality, public education.