Equity and inclusion have become increasingly prominent education policy areas as school closures and intermittent school re-openings due to the COVID-19 pandemic have led to significant challenges for most students. This has affected not only students’ academic outcomes but also their well-being. The challenges encountered by students have been particularly complex for diverse and vulnerable students, such as students with special education needs, students from immigrant backgrounds, ethnic groups and Indigenous peoples, and LGBTQI+ students.
Building on the challenges encountered and the responses taken by education systems, schools and teachers, countries can learn lessons from the pandemic and identify opportunities to promote more equitable and inclusive education systems post COVID-19. The 8th Strength through Diversity Policy Forum will convene diverse stakeholders, from policy-makers to representatives of international organisations and field practitioners to reflect on how policies and practices implemented during the pandemic to support vulnerable student groups can be re-adapted post COVID-19 to foster equity and inclusion of all students. The Forum will also envisage key policy priorities to promote more equitable and inclusive education systems beyond the pandemic.
Plenary Session: Shaping future equity and inclusion policies in education
Breakout Sessions: Proposing forward-looking policies and envisaging future reforms for more equitable and inclusive education systems