Covid-19: “An unprecedented situation for education” (Audrey Azoulay, Unesco DG)

Published on : 04/29/2020 – 21:45Modified : 04/29/2020 – 23:11

In an interview with France 24 and RFI, Audrey Azoulay, Director General of Unesco, evokes the consequences of the health crisis on access to education, but also the urgency of a more united science. She answers Roselyne Febvre and Frédéric Rivière.

For the Director-General of Unesco, the effects of confinement on the youngest children around the world are considerable: “ I am not sure that we have measured the price we are asking of the young generations in this crisis. At the height of the crisis, more than 90% of young people were out of school.

This crisis also highlights inequalities, explains Audrey Azoulay: School closings weighs more heavily on the most disadvantaged. The situation aggravates social inequalities, between girls and boys and digital inequalities. ” For educational continuity, “We can’t just go digital”, she believes.

For the Director-General of Unesco, the coronavirus crisis should also be an opportunity to accelerate efforts in favor of “open science”: “ New research rules of the game are needed to foster international cooperation in the sciences and better sharing of research and publications.

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