Roundtable: Bridge the Gap 2020
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London, UK: Bridge the Gap 2020 Roundtable was organized by the School of the Future International Academy (SoFIA).
The Roundtable: Bridge the Gap 2020 brought together policy-relevant evidence on the interelation between access to K-12 education, poverty and inequality. The Panel aimed to become a knowledge hub for education demographics research and policy that examines these interactions; the conference was a way to bring together international experts from across the globe to share their views and experience on this topic, address the issue of “why” this inequality grew during the pandemic, provide answers to “how” we could and should take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity for Transformation in Education and bridge the gap through effective actions on the school level but also through new international collaborations.
Dr. Constantine Kiritsis, host, Academic Board Member, SoFIA – School of the Future International Academy
Harry Patrinos, Practice Manager Europe and Central Asia, World Bank
Nicholas Piachaud, Head of Advocacy and Analysis, Varkey Foundation
Alexa Joyce, EMEA Education Skills Director WW Public Sector, Microsoft
Stelios Christakos, Chief Education Officer, Sofia Education Experts
Konstantinos Doukas, Founder and President, SoFIA – School of the Future International Academy
The Roundtable covered a range of topics that informed the central theme of intersecting access to K-12 education, poverty and inequality, particularly within low- and middle-income countries. The keynote speakers harnessed a set of cross-cutting themes that were highlighted in all sessions: the importance of solid methodological practice using the example of the usefulness of the lessons learnt during the COVID-19 crisis, the progressive use of technology, and how to create solutions that are useful for policy makers and educational stakeholders who will take advantage of this opportunity and bridge the gap.
The conference was held on the 9th of November 2020, with six keynote addresses. Sessions such as “Defining the Problem”, “Inequality in Education”, “Bridging the Gap”, “Lessons Learned during the Covid-19 Crisis” were all part of a rich program that included valuable presentations. Each session had a discussant, and time was made for audience questions and discussion.
The conference brought together more than 300 participants from all five Continents. Participants were mostly from the education industry, not-for-profit organizations supporting education equality, and policy makers.
The host, Dr. Constantine Kiritsis, board member of SoFIA stated “The speakers were true experts in their area, and I feel that the audience really felt the value. Covid has accelerated the need to change in education and the timing is right despite the challenges. It was great to hear tangible solutions from the roundtable experts apart from problems”.
President and Founder of SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY (SοFIA), Kostantinos Doukas, in an effort to contibute to the global effort of transformation in education offered free access to the School Self Assessment tool (SSA) that the NGO has developed. Aiming to assist schools around the world in their quest for continious development. The School Assessment Tool will provide them with a clear idea of where they are currently and suggest actions for their Educational Transformation.
The roundtable offered a friendly Q&A session for all the participants and experts alike to learn about each other’s work, receive feedback, and forge collaborations on topics of education, poverty and inequality. We look forward to next year’s roundtable.