COVID-19 Interviews

With the Covid Interviews, NISSEM has embarked on a series of interviews with actors from government and civil society, in order to understand better the practicalities and implications of national education responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, with a focus on countries in the global south. All interviews are reproduced as transcripts and aim to reflect the voices of the interviewees. We expect to continue with this program of interviews for some months to come, as systems emerging from the crisis rethink the content and practice of teaching and learning.

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Uganda: Baale Remegious is interviewed by Andy Smart and Margaret Sinclair

‘Stakeholders are saying, “We need to have all those social issues in our
education system. Let us not just go back to that academic thing only.”’

Read more here and the blog here.

Kenya: Interview with Lucy Maina and Ngángá Kibandi

“How do you now on-board children back to school when there are all these other issues that teachers will have to work on, especially social and emotional issues?”

Read the transcript here and the blog here.

Lebanon: Rima Malek speaks to Jean Bernard and James Williams

“We slept with no recognition of distance learning. We woke up with 'go distance'”

Read the transcript here and the blog here.

Commonwealth of the Bahamas: Marcellus Taylor speaks with Aaron Benavot

“One of the things that is very problematic in this age of social media, where so many people have a voice, is the public dialogue and conversation on education, which is always very emotional and very opinionated.”

Read the transcript here and the blog here.

Sierra Leone: Massey Tucker and Mariana Martinez speak to Andy Smart and Margaret Sinclair

“The government has been very much proactive in the fight against COVID-19, especially in ensuring that children learn, even during the pandemic while they stay home. I can link the success of this to Ebola and the lessons that were learned.”

               Read the transcript here and the blog here.