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In conversation with... Aïcha Bah Diallo and Ngaire Woods

On 16 June, Foundation board members Aïcha Bah Diallo (International Consultant for the UNESCO Liaison Committee on Girls’ Education in Africa) and Ngaire Woods (Founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government) joined a group of dynamic young African leaders from our Now Generation Network (NGN) for the fifth instalment of our In conversation with … series. 

Their discussion centred on the impacts of COVID-19 on education globally and particularly on the African continent. Worldwide, 91% of school children –  1.6 billion students - have been affected by school closures due to COVID-19. For the first time in history, an entire generation of children have had their education disrupted. With the majority of Africa’s population being under the age of 25, this conversation also explored the youth’s role in building resilient educational systems.

Now more than ever, we are seeing the importance of technology and how wide this digital divide really is. It would be great if governments could collaborate with young people who are willing to offer assistance in terms of technology capacity…

Rejoice Eve Namale, Malawi, NGN 

This intergenerational conversation is part of the Foundation’s In conversation with... series which is connecting young Africans and the Foundation’s leadership.

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