FAPESP promotes webinar to discuss the impacts of pandemic on schools and families

Publicado em 02 março 2021

Entitled “Education: COVID-19 and social inequalities”, a March 03 webinar promoted by FAPESP, the São Paulo Research Foundation, will be gathering experts on education to explore how the pandemic has impacted education in different national contexts. They will discuss the challenges associated with the implementation of responses by the educational systems in face of structural inequalities.

The webinar will be broadcasted from 2 to 4 p.m (UTC – 03:00). FAPESP invites the academic community as well as journalists to register at and join the Webinar on the YouTube Channel of FAPESP’s News agency, Agência FAPESP.

Participants will be able to interact via a Q&A panel, sending comments and questions in English or Portugese to

Professor Marta Arretche, a board member of the Center for Metropolitan Studies (CEM) – one of FAPESP’s Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (RIDCs) – will welcome the speakers on behalf of São Paulo Research Foundation. The moderator will be Ana Maria Fonseca de Almeida, coordinator for FAPESP’s Improvement of Public Education Program and a Professor at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP).

Four speakers have been invited to present results of their studies. Prudence Carter, from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, will examine some of the larger issues of educational inequality in the U.S. and how they have been exacerbated by the pandemic. She will also discuss the differences by race, socioeconomic status, and political ideology in how to ameliorate the current impact on schooling by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Paula Louzano, from Universidad Diego Portales in Chile, will examine the impact and implications on initial teacher education (ITE) of the crisis brought about by COVID-19 from the perspective of Latin American countries.

Parental support and educational inequalities is the topic to be developed by Romain Delès, from Université de Bordeaux – Centre Emile Durkheim (France). Professor Delès focuses on three major issues of home schooling: the organization of work; the transmission of school knowledge; and the maintenance of a serene parent-child relationship.

Lorena Barberia, from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, will address the issue of remote education programs and its correlation with previous economic and educational conditions. She is the leading author of the study “Assessment of Brazilian States and State Capitals Remote Public Education Programs during the COVID-19 Pandemic” which suggests that policies must be designed to address the preexisting, now augmented, unequal access and unequal provision of education for vulnerable groups.


About São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)

The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) is a public institution with the mission of supporting scientific research in all fields of knowledge by awarding scholarships, fellowships and grants to investigators linked with higher education and research institutions in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. FAPESP is aware that the very best research can only be done by working with the best researchers internationally. Therefore, it has established partnerships with funding agencies, higher education, private companies, and research organizations in other countries known for the quality of their research and has been encouraging scientists funded by its grants to further develop their international collaboration. You can learn more about FAPESP at and visit FAPESP news agency at to keep updated with the latest scientific breakthroughs FAPESP helps achieve through its many programs, awards and research centers. You may also subscribe to FAPESP news agency at

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