The Education GP BBL Series provides a space for World Bank education staff and visiting researchers and speakers to share recent findings, innovative on-the ground experience, and implementation challenges and successes relevant to the work of the Bank in education.
Chair: Robin Horn, Former World Bank Education Manager and Chair of the 1818 Society Education Group.
Presenter: Emiliana Vegas, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow & Co-Director of the Center for Universal Education, former Chief of Education at the IDB
Discussant: Luis Benveniste, World Bank Regional Director, Human Development, Latin America and the Caribbean
Description: Among the many disruptions caused by Covid-19, one of the most dramatic is the extensive school closures throughout the world, affecting over 1.6 billion students worldwide at its peak in March 2020. While some countries have begun to reopen schools in recent months, the impact on today’s students, especially the poor and disadvantaged, is likely to be large and long lasting. How will these learning losses affect future generations, how may they affect global income inequality, and what can the international community do to reduce the risk of growing inequality? Emiliana will discuss her recent research with colleagues from Brookings and The World Bank that addresses these questions.
About the Speaker:
Emiliana Vegas is a senior fellow and co-director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. A leading expert on education in developing countries, Emiliana has written extensively on issues affecting education systems in Latin America and across the globe. Her papers and books cover topics ranging from policies to raise teacher effectiveness, to school finance and early childhood development policies. Before Brookings, Emiliana served as the chief of the Education Division at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) where she led a shift in the IDB’s lending composition of to focus on system-wide change to promote learning and skills created SUMMA, the first regional Laboratory for Research and Innovation in Education in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before coming to the IDB, Emiliana was a lead economist for the World Bank.