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World Teachers’ Day

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  • To celebrate World Teachers’ Day, this event brings together leading voices from the global education community – including teachers, students and leaders of multilateral education organizations – to recognize the key role of teachers in the ‘accelerating efforts to restore learning during the pandemic, and to discuss how to support teachers in this work.

    • Introductory remarks by moderator David evans
    • Moderate roundtable
    • Questions and answers
    • Closing remarks by moderator David evans
  • Moderator

    David evans

    Principal Investigator, Center for Global Development

    David Evans is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, working on education, health and social safety nets. Previously, he was at the World Bank, where he co-authored the 2018 World Development Report, Learning to Realize the Education Promise, coordinated impact assessment work for sub-Saharan Africa and managed education projects in Brazil. Evans has evaluated education, early childhood development, agriculture, health and social protection programs in Brazil, Gambia, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Tanzania. He holds a doctorate in economics from Harvard University, specializing in economic development and labor economics.


    Najya Gausé

    Winner of the World Bank Group and Financial Times Blogging Competition, Netherlands.

    Najya Gause is a high school student at the International School of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and one of three winners in the third World Bank Group and Financial Times blogging competition.

    Shirin rajesh

    Winner of the World Bank Group and Financial Times Blogging Competition, India.

    Shirin Rajesh is a high school student at the Indian Public School in Chennai, India and one of three winners of the World Bank Group and Financial Times Third Blogging Competition.


    Marjorie Brun

    Finalist for the 2018 Varkey Foundation Global Teachers’ Award, South Africa.

    Marjorie Brown is a teacher at the Roedean School in South Africa and a finalist for the Global Teacher Prize 2018. She is a former human rights activist, teaching history to girls in South Africa and fostering critical thinking and global citizenship. She launched and still manages the Kids Lit in SA program, dedicated to improving children’s literacy in a still very unequal society. She popularized the Kids’ Lit Quiz in South Africa. Marjorie has hosted the World Finals twice, raising funds from publishers, booksellers and news organizations. She is working with 100 schools in South Africa on the quiz and the result has been palpable in terms of increasing library book stocks and expanding reading. As part of her literacy efforts, Marjorie introduced the Phendulani Literacy Quiz in low-resource schools in South Africa. The scores of teams from schools that have been participating for more than five years have increased steadily, with some rising from 40% to 80%, with teachers taking on the role of coaches and reading champions. The South African Department of Education is using the Phendulani quiz as a pilot project in 45 new book clubs starting in 2018, and publishers Pan Macmillan want to start a Phendulani quiz in a poor neighborhood near Johannesburg.

    Elisa Guerra

    Finalist for the 2015 and 2016 World Teachers’ Prize from the Varkey Foundation, Mexico, and member of the International Commission on the Futures of Education at UNESCO

    Elisa Guerra was named “Best Educator in Latin America” by the Inter-American Development Bank in 2015 and was a finalist for the World Teachers’ Prize in 2015 and 2016. She is a member of the UNESCO International Commission for the Future of education. Elisa holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University. After teaching her own children at home, she founded “Colegio Valle de Filadelfia”, a network of 10 schools in her native Mexico and across Latin America. Elisa is also an international speaker and author. She has lectured in English and Spanish in 17 countries around the world and has published over 25 books and manuals. A former early childhood educator, she now teaches Creative Writing and Literature from Grades 4 to 9. His work was featured in a 2017 Al Jazeera documentary titled “Mexico: The Power of Early Education”.

    Nurizcka Everts-Medema

    ICT Manager at Curaçao Public School District

    Nurizcka is responsible for bringing about changes in the organization using information technology. She has established a common platform across the organization, which is used for collaboration and learning between administrators, teachers and students. As a master trainer, she contributes to the training of 10,000 teachers through UNESCO and Blackboard, which will have a huge impact on learning and bring equity to countless students, not only on her own island, Curaçao, but throughout the Caribbean. After earning her Masters in Computer Science, she worked in ICT in the private sector for almost 20 years before deciding to work in education. She taught high school and college computer science for 15 years and was an administrator. She is passionate about education, experienced in managing projects in academia and industry and she uses her knowledge and experience to effect change in organizations in the field of digitization.

    Education leaders

    Stefania Giannini

    Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

    Stefania Giannini was appointed UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education in May 2018, becoming the most senior United Nations official in the field. In this position, she provides strategic vision and leadership for UNESCO in coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Education 2030 Agenda, encapsulated in Sustainable Development Goal 4. With a university background in science human rights, Ms. Giannini was rector of the University of Foreigners of Perugia (2004 – 2012), being one of the first and youngest women to hold this position in Italy. As Senator of the Italian Republic (2013 – 2018) and Minister of Education, Universities and Research (2014 – 2016), she developed and implemented a structural reform of the Italian education system, focused on the social inclusion and cultural awareness. She was also closely associated in an advisory capacity with the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation.

    Robert jenkins

    Global Director of Education, UNICEF

    Robert Jenkins is Global Director of Education for UNICEF. He joined the organization in 1995. He brings more than 20 years of experience in international development and humanitarian programming in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Jenkins was UNICEF Representative in Jordan from 2014 to 2019 and Deputy Director of the Policy and Strategy Division at UNICEF Headquarters from 2009 to 2014. From 1995 to 2009 Robert Jenkins has held program and management positions for UNICEF in Uganda (1995-1997), Bangladesh (1997-2000), Myanmar (2000-2003), India (2003-2006) and Mozambique (2006 -2009). Mr. Jenkins holds a PhD in Education from the University of Bath and an MA from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom.

    Jaime Saavedra

    World Director of Education, World Bank

    Jaime Saavedra leads the Global Education Practice at the World Bank Group. He joined the World Bank Group from the Government of Peru, where he served as Minister of Education from 2013 to 2016. During his tenure, the performance of the Peruvian education system improved significantly, as measured. through international learning assessments.


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