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Sussex Development Lectures

Watch: Covid-19 and development: education policy in the Global South

14 January 2021 17:00–18:00

The Covid-19 pandemic starkly reveals the failures and fragilities of education systems, laying bare existing education inequities, which in times of crises further marginalise those with limited and poor quality education opportunities. Yet, too little attention has been paid to who is involved in education policymaking and the needs of front-line teachers and learners from marginalised and impoverished backgrounds. And governments have, in their haste and rapid policy responses, made education decisions which in the long run will exacerbate inequities.

In this Sussex Development Lecture, Yusuf Sayed in conversation with Fazal Rizvi discuss the politics of education policymaking during the pandemic. They look at the decisions made around education and the impacts on equity and quality, reflecting on what building back better in education might look like.


  • Yusuf Sayed, Professor of International Education and Development Policy Centre for International Education, University of Sussex
  • Fazal Rizvi, Emeritus Professor. The University of Melbourne Australia


This event is part of the Sussex Development Lecture series on Covid-19 and development – building back better?

Sussex Development Lectures are jointly run by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the School of Global Studies , the Science Policy and Research Unit (SPRU) and the Centre for International Education (CIE), based at the University of Sussex.



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