Focusing on girls’ education in the time of COVID 

In the last year, school closures have affected approximately 90 percent of children worldwide, with 1.5 billion students out of school at the peak of the pandemic, according to the United Nations Development Program.

We are feeling the effects of those closures now, and will continue to feel them for years to come. When schools cannot reopen after a natural hazard, there are long-term impacts on students’ learning. For instance, in Pakistan children in areas affected by the 2005 earthquake experienced nearly three months of school closures. Four years later, those students remained one-and-a-half to two years behind. The impact of school closures affects some students more than others, with younger students being most affected. Additionally those who lived closer to the fault line scored significantly worse on tests — unless their mother had completed primary school education. Children whose mothers completed primary education did not experience that gap.

With the Covid-19 pandemic, school closures can create a multiplier effect on learning losses for millions of children. Girls and young women are particularly vulnerable — to early pregnancy, child marriage and gender-based violence.

What can we do to help children, especially girls, develop key capabilities so that they are able to thrive in these complex times? We can work together and share what we know, and what we learn.

Technovation will convene experts, leaders, educators and researchers to share their work, hard-earned findings, mistakes, secret tips and strategies so that we can better support children develop the skills they need to thrive now, and in a post-COVID world. We will continue to run the Global Education Taskforce and are excited to introduce a new livestream conversation series with Taskforce members.

Join us every Friday for short, informal, Field Notes conversations on our Twitch Channel.
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Upcoming Field Notes Conversations

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May 7, 8am PDT

Dana Jawad Amro, Dubai Cares

Join us for a conversation about funding impact in girls' education!
Dana Jawad Amro is a lawyer living and working in the UAE. She is currently working with Dubai Cares as Programs Manager. In the last four years, Dana is managing Dubai Cares programs in different countries in Asia and Africa. She has a master’s degree in international studies from the University of Wollongong and a bachelor’s degree in law from Al Quds University (Jerusalem). Dana has over 10 years of experience in action development. Prior to joining Dubai Cares, she worked on youth and women empowerment projects in Palestine with several international and local organizations. Dana is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives in real and tangible ways through education, empowerment and bringing justice to the victims of conflicts and war.

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May 14, 8am PDT

Mutriba Akhmedova, Chief Information Security Officer at IMON International (and Technovation Girls Chapter Ambassador in Tajikistan)

Join us for a conversation about girls technology education in Tajikistan!
Mutriba Akhmedova is a 2015 graduate of the TechWomen program as well as the current Chapter Ambassador for Technovation in Tajikistan. Mutriba works as the Chief Information Security Officer at IMON International (www.imon.tj), and a project coordinator of "T.I.M.E for Women" at the ICT Center.
She graduated from the Technological University of Tajikistan with a master degree in Computer Sciences. She has over 14 years of professional experience in the field of information technology, worked as a manager of the IT department, deputy head of IT division, head of the information security department, and also worked as an acting director at educational Training Center of Business and Finance Excellence for 2 years.

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May 28, 8am PDT

Bruce Au, Jockey Foundation

Bruce is a philanthropic grantmaker who started out as a financial analyst on Wall Street. As a Senior Charities Project Manager, he currently supports The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Trust-Initiated Projects in his focus areas of talent development, technology education and community resilience. He is also an Innovation Advisor to Bloom Academy, a project-based bilingual primary school. He was previously a founding Director of Operations at Character Lab, a New York-based NGO that advances scientific insights that help kids thrive. Bruce had also been a strategy consultant who specialised in serving mission-oriented enterprises, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank. He holds an MPA in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School and a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Bruce went to local schools in Hong Kong and is a graduate of Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong.

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Previous Field Notes Speakers

Shivani Nayyar, co-author of the UN Human Development Reports

Shivani joined us on January 28, 2021 to discuss How to improve learning outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic based on the UN Human Development Reports from 2020.

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Justine Sass, Chief of the Section of Education for Inclusion and Gender Equality at UNESCO

Justine joined us on February 8, to discuss How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting girls' education and what we need to do in the years ahead to keep girls learning.

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Gilberto Duarte, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Gilberto joined us on February 19 to discuss Education and Justice.

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Amir Banifatemi, Chief Innovation and Growth Officer at XPRIZE

Amir joined us on February 24 to discuss using AI for our common good.

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Teresa Drew, Director of STEM Next Opportunity Fund

Teresa joined us on March 8 to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on afterschool programs across the US

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Alicia Hammond, Gender Specialist at the World Bank Group

Alicia joined us on March 8 to discuss research on women in STEM around the world.

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Jacqueline Strecker, UNHCR

Jacqueline joined us on March 12 to discuss COVID-19's impact on learning in refugee communities

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Mary-Jane Strom & Marisa Cidre, Girl Scouts, Northern California

Mary-Jane Strom & Marisa Cidre from the Girl Scouts joined us on March 19.

Alice Rodrigues, Instituto Paramitas

Alice joined us on March 26 to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on girls' education in Brazil.

Navya Akkinepally & Shivi Chandra from Learning Equality

Navya Akkinepally and Shivi Chandra from Learning Equality joined us on April 9 to discuss how to bring quality eduction to everyone.

Hal Abelson, MIT

Hal Abelson joined us on April 16 to talk about how to tackle the UN's Sustainable Development Goals with code.

Sengmeng Koo, AI Singapore

Sengmeng Koo joined us on April 23, to talk about AI Singapore, one of the most successful AI programs for the broader public.

About Technovation

Technovation is a technology education nonprofit with a mission to empower vulnerable groups (especially girls and women) to create technology-based solutions to problems in their communities. Over the past 14 years, Technovation has engaged ~50,000 mentors and educators to support more than 250,000 participants across 100+ countries, to tackle pressing problems ranging from climate change to substance abuse, and most recently, COVID-19. Students and adults learn about technology entrepreneurship through a 12-week curriculum. Learners are equipped with 21st century skills of problem identification, complex systems thinking and real-world problem solving.