Mission: Recovering Education - What is needed to avoid losing a generation, Global webinar on 20 January


Ahead of the International Day of Education, UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Bank are hosting a global webinar entitled ‘Mission: Recovering Education - What is needed to avoid losing a generation' on Thursday 20 January from 2pm to 3pm (Paris time).


About the Webinar
UNICEF, UNESCO and the World Bank invite you to join our upcoming global webinar‘Mission: Recovering Education - What is needed to avoid losing a generation'

Date: Thursday, 20 January 2022
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am EST
Languages: Arabic, English, French and Spanish
Registration: https://bit.ly/3rcPiZL

Overview of the Webinar
The COVID-19 pandemic has been the worst global shock to education systems in a century. More than 1.6 billion students have lost instructional time for many months at a time, if not for much of the last year, and many children are still not back in school. Global school closures in response to the COVID- 19 pandemic have impacted children’s learning, health and well-being across the world. This is reversing any hard-won gains in the right to education. This generation of students have lost an estimated 1.8 trillion hours of in-person learning, and they could lose $17 trillion in lifetime earnings if the current education disruption continues.

As countries contend with the fast-moving Omicron variant, governments and school systems that had hoped for a lasting return to in-person learning after protracted coronavirus-era disruptions are again grappling with whether, or for how long, to close schools again. Currently 630 million children are affected by either partial or fully closed schools. Evidence has shown that schools can re-open successfully and children can return to learning. In some cases, schools have opened-up better by providing effective support to marginalized children and additional support to catch-up learning to support their return. But we need to once again act immediately to keep schools open and support students and teachers.

This webinar builds on the Framework for reopening of schools, the recommendations from the recently launched report The State of the Global Education Crisis: A Path to Recovery, including other institutional tools and research on learning continuity with a focus on MISSION: RECOVERING EDUCATION 2021. The aim is to look at how countries are ensuring learning continuity and recovery amid the new Omicron wave, providing concrete support to help countries resume in-person learning as soon as possible, and keep schools open. The webinar will present current evidence and share global lessons on policies to reopen effectively, and feature a panel of policy makers and technical experts reflecting on the challenges as well as opportunities in the current context, providing examples of countries that are leading the way in ensuring learning continuity and recovery.


  • Jaime Saavedra, Global Director, Education, World Bank Group
  • Robert Jenkins, Global Director, Education & Adolescent Development and Participation, UNICEF
  • Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director General, UNESCO


  • Alonso Sánchez, Senior Economist, World Bank Group
  • Borhene Chakroun, Director, UNESCO
  • Nicolas Reuge, Senior Advisor Education, UNICEF


  • Enoch Rabotapi, Chief Director, National Institute for Curriculum and Professional Development (NICPD), South Africa
  • Raimundo Larrain, Director for Basic Education, Chile
  • Tulashi Thapaliya, Joint Secretary (Planning), Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Nepal