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How have countries dealt with coronavirus school closures and what’s next for education? (OECD)

With schools closed around the world, students and teachers are having to find new ways of learning outside of the classroom. Meanwhile, governments are working hard to assess the impact of school closures and make plans for education in a post-crisis world – a world that may well be fundamentally altered. What have the government responses been like so far? Have they worked? And does the crisis imply that we need to change the way we educate the next generation?

Tax in the time of COVID-19*

The number of COVID-19 cases is quickly rising around the world, with major adverse effects on health and mortality. To fight the outbreak and the spread of the virus, countries are imposing unprecedented measures, such as restrictions on the free movement of people and goods, and are shutting down large parts of the economy. The result is that economic activity has fallen sharply in many countries and increased global uncertainty has further eroded confidence.

Read more: https://www.oecd-forum.org/users/369395-pascal-saint-amans/posts/63721-tax-in-the-time-of-covid-19?utm_source=newsletter_mailer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

*OECD, The Forum Network

Tackling the coronavirus*

Contributing to a global effort

What are the impacts and consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on our lives and our societies – and what are some of the solutions we can find to boost our healthcare systems, secure our businesses, maintain our jobs and education, and stabilise financial markets and economies?

Find solutions here: http://www.oecd.org/coronavirus/en/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_content=CTA%3A%20Key%20Impacts&utm_campaign=Tackling%20the%20coronavirus%20%28COVID-19%29&utm_term=demo#id-2

*OECD

OECD Policy Observatory on Artificial Intelligence*

https://www.oecd.org/going-digital/ai/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_content=FIND%20OUT%20MORE&utm_campaign=OECD%20Civil%20Society%20Newsletter%20-%20February%202020&utm_term=demo

Africapolis: Mapping a new reality*

http://www.oecd.org/africa-urbanisation/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_content=CTA%3A%20Africapolis&utm_campaign=What%27s%20New%20-%2014%20February%202020&utm_term=demo#africapolis-database

*by OECD

Oxford diversity jumps *

A record 70% of Oxford University’s undergraduates next year will come from state schools. Five years ago state school applicants to Oxford received just 56% of undergraduate offers and 43% went to those educated at independent schools, despite a substantial imbalance in the numbers applying. The university found itself regularly criticised for ignoring well-qualified, state-educated students, especially from black or disadvantaged backgrounds. Target Oxbridge – a diversity recruitment programme which has the author Zadie Smith as a patron – says it has helped a record number of British students of black heritage gain places at Oxford and Cambridge. Naomi Kellman, one of its founders, said: “We started with just six students in 2012, and so it is amazing to see the programme now supporting over 70 black British students to secure Oxbridge offers.”

*The Guardian

What is the Global Refugee Forum?*

The event is the first of its kind and will be held on December 17 and 18 in Geneva – then every four years. It is co-hosted by the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR and the Swiss government.

It’s an opportunity for countries, international organisations, businesses and other stakeholders to pledge action and innovative solutions for more than 70 million people currently displaced by violence and persecution.

It follows on from the 2018 Global Compact on Refugees, a blueprint for governments, organisations and others to help refugees thrive in exile. It has four key objectives:

  • Ease pressure on host countries
  • Enhance refugee self-reliance
  • Expand access to third-country solutions
  • Support conditions in countries of origin for refugees to return in safety and dignity

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Our Failure to Protect: Political commitment is vital to prevent and respond to young newcomers going missing in Europe*

It is 2015, and Europol have sent a shockwave through Europe with news that, according to national reports, at least 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children have gone missing; today, we know that this was only the tip of the iceberg. Between 2014 and 2017, at least 30,000 young newcomers, escaping violence or poverty in their home countries, disappeared on European soil (Source: European Migration Network). Children going missing in migration risk facing exploitation, violence, starvation, homelessness and physical and mental health problems. Our failure to protect them from such risks is a violation of their fundamental rights. Continue reading

Just launched: OECD Economic Outlook 2019

World GDP growth fell to 2.9% this year

The Economic Outlook includes a general assessment and notes summarising developments and providing projections for each individual country. This issue also includes focus notes on topical policy questions: addressing trade-distorting government support, escaping the low-inflation trap and strengthening the role of fiscal policy.

Read the full report

OECD Audio Abstracts: Health at a Glance 2019

Wondering where Health is heading in less than a minute? Try the OECD Audio Abstract for Health at a Glance 2019. Be sure to let us know what you think!

Listen to the abstract – https://soundcloud.com/oecd/audio-abstract-for-health-at-a-glance-2019/s-nwi21?in=oecd/sets/audio-abstracts/s-kV1Ge

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