Childhood Uninterrupted:
Playing and Learning in a Pandemic

Children trying to access quality education in crisis contexts faced a double emergency when confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic. In this event, implementers working in humanitarian settings will share how they adapted programs to continue to reach children and their caregivers through innovative approaches including high, low and no tech models. We will highlight how we designed, tested, refined and implemented programs in distinct regions—Middle East, Latin America and East Africa—to ensure children and their families had access to play-based, quality opportunities to promote their social-emotional and academic learning despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 lockdowns. Presentations will touch on the ways in which we ensured localization of content through partnerships, and quality through user-testing and human-centered design. We will share important lessons on how program design and implementation can help all stakeholders to ensure quality learning opportunities during crisis and beyond.

Monday, July 26, 2021

9:00am - 10:30am ET / 14:00 - 15:30 BST


Sarah Bouchie

Chief Impact Officer, LEGO Foundation

Lisa Ewertson

ECE/EiE Specialist, PLAN International, Denmark

Camilo Valenzuela

Education Coordinator, IRC, Colombia

Manar Shukri

ECD Technical Lead, IRC, Jordan

Kuri Chisim

Programme Specialist, BRAC IED

Laura Snider

PSS Technical Advisor, War Child Uganda

Joshua Opio
PlayMatters, Project Coordinator, War Child Uganda

Shanna Kohn

Senior Education Manager of Humanitarian Programs, Sesame Workshop