Challenges & opportunities

Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education in a post-pandemic era

Education empowers people to develop knowledge and skills that nurture new ideas and technologies. Education therefore is a catalyst for broader change, and critically important for driving progress towards sustainable development.

Recognising the important role of education, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development highlights education as a stand-alone goal (SDG 4): ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’. Access to new technologies should provide the education sector with the means to innovate education systems and expand the access to better quality education for all.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought these opportunities and challenges into sharper focus. On the one hand, it has given massive insights into how the role of technology can radically shift to reach 1.5 billion students affected by school closures. Rather than just disseminating content, it can also strengthen relationships between students and teachers. On the other hand, the COVID-19 crisis has also exposed deep inequities in the education system. With half of the affected students not having access to a household computer and 43% having no internet at home, far too many children are cut off from learning.

Conference programme

Education sessions

Deep dive sessions

Technological innovations for equitable quality education

Thematic closing session

Top priorities for developing a future-proof educational system

During the thematic closing session, thought leaders and world-renowned experts in the area of technological innovation and education will debate the key findings and recommendations emerging from the deep dive sessions. In doing so, they will focus on the policy, institutional and societal actions that are needed to strengthen the social acceptance of technological innovations and accelerate their market penetration. Both matters are top priorities when it comes to developing a future-proof educational system.

Thematic coordinators


Thematic partners

Thematic partners

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