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Responding to COVID-19 and Looking Beyond: Lessons from Turkey’s Education Emergency Response and Digital Education Reforms for a New Way of Teaching and Learning

October 8, 2020



Photo: Ministry of National Education, Turkey

Online - 9:00AM - 10:00AM, DC time

Watch live (in English)  |  Join Zoom* (in Turkish, Türkçe)   |  Register  

  • Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Turkey has made large investments to expand its e-learning platform to reach an impressive 18 million students and over one million teachers, and to develop a New Digital Education System (NDES) for the future. While the country’s focus at the moment has to be on the emergency response and return to school activities, it is at the same time setting the IT, educational and institutional foundations to support longer-term blended education needs and education delivery in the face of any future shock.

    In this seventh Lesson for Education webinar, the minister of national education of Turkey will be sharing

    his experience in managing the extensive digital platform to deliver effective and equitable education services, Turkey’s strategies to mitigate internet access and bandwidth problems, and the role of new digital educational materials and tools to respond to the needs of education, today and in the future.

    Join the minister and other national and international education decision makers and researchers as they discuss the critical aspects to consider when delivering education remotely, the future of education and how countries can prepare for it.  

  • Ziya Selçuk, Minister

    National Education, Turkey

    Jaime Saavedra, Global Director

    Education Global Practice, The World Bank

    Andreas Schleicher, Director

    Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the OECD

    Michelle Kaffenberger, RISE Research Fellow

    Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford