Experts Converge to Discuss the Strain on Literacy in Latin America and Ways to Mitigate the Effects of COVID-19

On May 27, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. ET, Windward alumni parent, current Board of Trustees member of The Windward School, and Co-Founder of Intelexia, a company that develops teacher training in Argentina and implements the Aprendo Leyendo reading program to over 10,000 Spanish-speaking children, Magdalena Zavalía Miguens, will welcome experts from the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as renowned universities, to exchange their views on post-COVID literacy in Latin America. Ms. Zavalía is also a member of the roundtable hosting organization and Windward partner, Haskins Global Literacy Hub. The roundtable, “Alfabetización post Covid en América Latina,” is free to attend, join live webinar here

COVID-19 has caused tremendous strain on education systems around the world. School closures, social distancing, e-learning have been implemented at various levels; however, Latin America has been the most affected region when it comes to teaching. With prolonged school closings, limited access to the Internet and technology, children and teachers have been struggling to learn, especially children who are learning to read. 

Ms. Zavalia will moderate experts as they give an overview of the situation on the Latin American continent and the challenges it faces, as well as the specifics of literacy in the context of COVID-19. Additionally, experts will share what actions need to be taken to mitigate the long-term effects of COVID-19 on literacy and give examples of what can be done now. 

Experts joining the discussing include Augusto Buchweitz, PhD, Professor at Pontifîcia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil); Florencia Salvarezza, PhD, Professor at Universidad de Favaloro (Argentina); Horacio Alvarez Marinelli, Senior Specialist in Education at Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo; and Emanuela di Gropello, Leader of Education Practice in Latin America and the Caribbean at Banco Mundial. 

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Ms. Zavalîa has partnered with The Windward Institute on additional initiatives. Read more about them below: 

Magdalena Zavalía Miguens, Literacy Leader in Spanish-Speaking World (Leer en Español También) 

Addressing Literacy on a Global Scale: John J. Russell, EdD, and Magdalena Zavalia present at DISFAM 2020 

READ Podcast: Science at Scale – Using Research and Social Entrepreneurship to Improve Literacy Outcomes 

Read more about the Windward/Haskins Collaborative Project