Worldwide Commission All-South Asia Conference

Date: Friday, Mar.19 2021


To address the catastrophe of children (primary and secondary levels), in the hundreds of millions around the world, ousted from all forms of schooling (physical and virtual alike) during the Covid-19 pandemic.



FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2021

From the Institute for 21st Century Questions (21CQ) 


7pm – 7.10pm Indian Standard Time (IST): Introduction & Welcome – Explanation of Genesis, Mission, Membership and Forward Working Agenda of the Commission to Educate All Kids (Post-Pandemic)

Irvin Studin (President, Institute for 21st Century Questions; Chair, Worldwide Commission to Educate All Kids, Post-Pandemic)


7.10pm – 7.40pm IST: Welcome & Debrief from International Members of the Commission

Kirby Mitchell – High School Teacher, Peel Region (Ontario, Canada)

Silvina Gvirtz – Former Minister of Education, Buenos Aires Province (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Robert Pianta – Dean, School of Education and Development, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, USA)

Gaskin B. Dassah – Coordinator, Northern Network for Education Development (Tamale, Ghana)


7.40pm – 9pm IST: The Genesis, Nature, Extent and Consequences of the Problem in South Asia

Tara de Mel, former Secretary, Ministry of Education & Vice Chairperson, National Education Commission; Co-Founder, Education Forum Sri Lanka (Colombo)

Vimala Ramachandran, Director, Educational Resource Unit (Jaipur and Delhi)

Manzoor Hasan, Executive Director, Centre for Peace and Justice, BRAC University (Dhaka)

Senator (r) Javed Jabbar, former Federal Minister, pro bono activist promoting enrolment and education (Karachi)

Bal Chandra Luitel, Professor of STEAM Education, Kathmandu University (Dhulikhel)

Abdulla Rasheed Ahmed, Maldives Minister of State for Education & Head of National Institute of Education (Malé)

Sangay Thinley, Former Health & Education Secretary of Bhutan (Thimphu)


(Open Discussion with Decision-Makers)


9pm – 10pm IST: How to Find & Reintegrate the Kids into Schooling with Speed 


Open Discussion Among Commission Members and Decision-Makers


10pm – 10.10pm IST: Commission Forward Work Plan/Agenda & Timelines 

Irvin Studin

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