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Education Impacts of the Covid-19 School Closures

27. 4. 2022 Invitation to a conference

Mitigating the Learning Losses Caused by the COVID-19 School Closures

Conference jointly organized by World Bank and IDEA at CERGE-EI

When: 21 June 2022, 13:00 – 18:00 (Central European Summer Time - UTC +2)

Where: Prague, CERGE-EI (The Schebek Palace, Politických vězňů 7, Prague 1)

Format: Hybrid: online and in-person

The event will be held in English.


The objective of this conference is to document the size and determinants of the learning loss brought about by school closures, identify policy options to reverse these losses, and setting the bases of a more resilient education system.

The Conference is divided into three parts:

  1. An overview of the pre-pandemic global learning crisis and the mechanisms through which this was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. The elements of a “Learning Recovery Plan” based on recent evidence of interventions that have proven to be effective to improve learning, particularly among disadvantaged students
  3. Lessons that can be drawn from the COVID-19 pandemic in the road towards the construction of a more resilient, efficient, and equitable education system.

The Conference will be concluded by a panel summarizing a call to action.

Conference will be moderated by Lenora Chu, special correspondent, Berlin, for The Christian Science Monitor. She is also an author of "Little Soldiers" – a narrative account of China’s education system published by HarperCollins (2017). "Little Soldiers" won the Nautilus Award, ASJA’s 2018 nonfiction prize, and was also shortlisted for Stanford’s Saroyan International Prizes.


 13:00 – 13:30 Welcoming Remarks

Štěpán Jurajda, Deputy Minister for Science, Research and Innovation of the Czech Republic

Gallina A. Vincelette, Country Director, European Union, World Bank

 13:30 – 14:00 Keynote: The Impact of COVID-19 on Student Learning

Harry Patrinos, Practice Manager, Education, World Bank

14:00 – 15:00 Learning Recovery Plans

Chair: Daniel Munich, Professor, IDEA at CERGE-EI

Panel: Maciej Jakubowski, Director of Evidence Institute Foundation, University of
          Václav Korbel, Researcher, IDEA, CERGE-EI
          Gunda Tire, Head of International Assessments, Education and Youth Board
          of Estonia

15:00 – 15:15 Break

15:15 – 15:45 Keynote: The COVID-19 Pandemic as an Opportunity to Address the Learning Crisis

Rafael de Hoyos, Lead Economist, Human Development, World Bank

15:45 – 16:45 Towards Resilient Education Systems

Chair: Alina Sava, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank

Panel: Hjalte Meilvang, Special Advisor, National Agency for Education and Quality,
          Ministry of Education of Denmark
          Thierry Rocher, Deputy Director for Assessment and School Performance,
          Directorate for Statistics, Ministry of Education of France
          Nuno Crato, President of Iniciativa Educação; University of Lisbon; former
          Minister of Education of Portugal
           Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, The Office for Standards in
          Education, Children's Services and Skills, United Kingdom

16:45 – 17:00 Break

17:00 – 18:00 A Call to Action

Chair: Lenora Chu, Journalist, The Christian Science Monitor

Panel: Daniel Munich, Professor, IDEA at CERGE-EI
          Gunda Tire, Head of International Assessments, Education and Youth Board
          of Estonia
          Harry Patrinos, Practice Manager, Education, World Bank