Educational poverty and COVID-19: from victim-blaming to victim support
The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed many problems on the educational process. It has significantly increased the number of schoolchildren worldwide whose opportunities to receive a quality education are considerably lower than necessary. Educational poverty is a situation of limitation and/or complete deprivation of children's opportunities to receive education and develop social life skills. The scientific community, politicians and practitioners from education already understand that the pandemic has exacerbated existing deficits. It has increased the academic gap between the poor and the rich and added new, unexpected educational process problems. We want to focus our discussion on organizing assistance in obtaining education for the most vulnerable social groups in the new conditions. Among other questions is how to make sure that the standard algorithms for clearing conscience are abandoned in favour of effective support measures. Another critical point of discussion is how to get away from the logic of blaming the victim and the logic "we have given you money, now you are on your own". These questions are even more relevant in light of the results of poverty studies, for which the Nobel Prize-2019 in Economics was awarded.
The participants of the open discussion are Prof Dr Ger Graus OBE, Global Director of Education at KidZania and Visiting Professor at the HSE Institute of Education; Prof Dr Jutta Allmendinger, President of WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Prof Dr Gill Main from School of Education of the University of Leeds, Dr João Pedro Azevedo, Lead Economist, Education from the World Bank, Dr Dmitry Kurakin, Director of Centre for Cultural Sociology from HSE University’s Institute of Education and Emilio Munaro, Global Development & Communication Vice President of Instituto Ayrton Senna.
The discussion will be moderated by Prof Dr Andrey Podolsky from HSE University’s Institute of Education.
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