Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

UNITAR CIFAL Jeju will be holding an online workshop with the theme, “Building Education System Back Better in the COVID-19 Context," on 3 and 8 September 2020, at 15:00 Philippine Time (GMT+8) or 16:00 Korean Time (GMT+9).
The workshop is open only to government officials and members of civil society organizations working in “areas related to inclusive and equitable quality education.” Only selected applicants will be able to participate.


The devastating effects of COVID-19 on education has exacerbated the lack of inclusive and quality education for learners in the marginalized and vulnerable groups. School closures brought about by precautions against the virus have affected “more than one billion learners across the globe.” In response to the situation, schools are resorting to online distance learning but this option remains “out of reach for at least more than 500 million students.” Students from low-income countries, where school completion rate is “only 34% in poorest 20% of households,” are further disadvantaged.
The workshop will examine thus the impact of COVID-19 on education of children belonging to marginalized and vulnerable groups, particularly those suffering from poverty and children with disabilities. It will explore how distance learning can be made possible for them while minimizing health and safety risks. It will provide a platform for professionals and practitioners to share policy strategies and come up with viable actions plans to build better education systems and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on inclusive and equitable quality education. View site for full concept note and program.


Applicants must send the documents listed below to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 24 August 2020. Download the forms here.
• Application Form
• Letter of commitment
• Consent to collection, usage, and disclosure of personal information
• Two to three-page case study description
• Curriculum Vitae (own format)

Only selected applicants will be notified.


• 3 September 2020: Building Education System Back Better in the COVID-19 Context
• 8 September 2020: Case Study Presentation and Feedback
Participants must also accomplish an assignment before 8 September and submit an individual action plan a week after the second session. 


Certificates will be given to participants upon completing the training. The best participant will be” given priority in the selection of beneficiaries when applying the future offline capacity building program organized by CIFAL Jeju in the future.”


The online sessions are organized by UNITAR CIFAL Jeju / Jeju Internaional Training Center.


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