Harnessing Digital Technologies for Education amid COVID-19

The seventh Policy Actions for COVID-19 Economic Recovery (PACER) Dialogue on “Harnessing Digital Technologies for Education amid COVID-19” discussed technology and digital innovations that can improve learning, expand education access, and empower higher education and work force development. Over 60 government officials from Southeast Asia and the People’s Republic of China participated in the Dialogue, sharing country experience on education and EdTech policies and solutions taken to mitigate the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerate recovery.

The seventh session of the PACER Dialogues aimed to:

  • promote a better understanding of policy options in adopting EdTech solutions for governments to not only mitigate COVID-19 impacts and recover in the aftermath of the crisis but also to reimagine education for a new normal;
  • disseminate global best practices and lessons on how to promote inclusive and innovative EdTech solutions amid COVID-19 featuring the experience of Central Square Foundation, Ashoka University, and Coursera; and
  • provide a platform for policy makers, development planners, and education practitioners to share knowledge and experience and collaboratively learn from each other.

Concept Note and Program

POLICY BRIEF - An Equity-Focused Digital Strategy for Education During and After COVID-19

POLICY BRIEF - Policy Lessons from Coursera: Mitigating Education Disruptions and Job Loss


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Program and Learning Materials: 

Session/Activity Presentation Material/s Speaker(s)
7th PACER Dialogue – Overview and Objectives Ramesh Subramaniam Director General, Southeast Asia Department (SERD), Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Presentation 1

An Equity Focused Digital Strategy for Post COVID World
Presentation on good practice examples, lessons, and policy options in using EdTech solutions to help countries transition their short-term education solutions to the medium and long-term amid COVID-19 and beyond. The experience of the Central Square Foundation and Ashoka University in India highlighted.

Ashish Dhawan, Founder and Chairperson, Central Square Foundation
Presentation 2

Empowering Higher Education and Workforce Development with Digital Technology
Presentation on good practice examples, lessons, and policy options on how to empower higher education and work force development through digital technology. The Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative and online platforms for higher education delivery will be presented.

Mr. Chad Pasha, Head of APAC for Global Government Partnerships, Coursera
Open Discussion and Questions Ramesh Subramaniam (Moderator)
Synthesis and Summary Ramesh Subramaniam, Director General, SERD, ADB