Interview with Fethi Mansouri - Advancing a new social contract in the post-Covid-19 era?
Professor Fethi Mansouri PhD UNESCO Chairholder Cultural Diversity and Social Justice at the Deakin University Melbourne Australia and UNITWIN Convenor Interreligious Dialogue and Intercultural Understanding IDIU shares his views on the impact of COVID19 on intercultural dialogue New forms of solidarity and dialogue are emerging at a time when social distancing seems to be the only efficient blockade to the pandemic At the same time massive economic disparities and access to health care are being pushed to the limit with inevitable consequences on the rise of racism and discriminations Are we ready to engage in a new social contract in view of the postCOVID19 era
Significant efforts by Colombia ensure that nearly 200,000 Venezuelan children and youth have access to the educational system
UNESCOs national report with a focus on Colombia highlights their efforts to serve the Venezuelan population in their territory Of 460000 children under 18 with school needs over 198000 are already enrolled in the educational system most of them in primary and secondary education 79 However around 260000 still remain outside the educational system The report highlights that the educational response for this emergency requires greater financial and technical support as well as for national initiatives and development plans that strengthen the educational system and provide opportunities for displaced persons and host communities The Regional Office for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean OREALCUNESCO Santiago released a national report focused on Colombia addressing the main challenges and transformative actions in the educational response to the mixed migration flow of 1400000 Venezuelans in that country The report The right to education under pressure Main challenges and transformative actions in the educational response to the mixed migratory flow of the Venezuelan population in Colombia in Spanish El derecho a la educación bajo presión Principales desafíos y acciones transformadoras en la respuesta educativa al flujo migratorio mixto de población venezolana en Colombia was prepared in collaboration with the Norwegian Council for Refugees NRC and analyzes the multiple needs problems and obstacles that boys and girls in Venezuela face to realize their full right to education The report is the product of an exhaustive documentary analysis from secondary sources on educational responses directed at the Venezuelan population in Colombia and has written aiming to contribute to evidencebased decisionmaking The document details the methodology used for its elaboration and develops an educational evaluation framework for contexts of mixed mass displacement This framework allows to systematize the state of the educational response including different fundamental dimensions for guaranteeing the right to education in contexts of emergency or prolonged crisis among which are access adaptability of the response and accountability Addressing these dimensions allows establishing the populations education and learning needs considering the analysis of secondary sources questionnaires addressed to the national teams of different institutions and participatory workshops with officials from the Ministry of National Education experts from the United Nations and civil society
The socio-cultural implications of COVID-19
Professor Fethi Mansouri UNESCO Chairholder for Cultural Diversity and Social Justice at Deakin University Melbourne Australia and UNITWIN Convenor for Interreligious Dialogue and Intercultural Understanding shares his views on the sociocultural implications of COVID19
UNESCO cities mobilize against COVID-19
Over 50000 doctors from public hospitals in Beijing Peoples Repof China offer since January 2020 free consultations related to coronavirus on WeDoctor a private medical care platform An outdoor digital advertisement about social distancing during the COVID19 outbreak in Chicago USA In Rome Italy the international cinema festival Alice nella città launched the Cinema da casa initiative projecting movies on buildings so people could watch from home