One of the biggest disruptions we have been seeing is in the education sector. The move from on-campus to online classes is a short-term solution to finish out the school year. It fails to address, however, the long-term shifts that schools and educational service providers need to address.

Not only are we living in a world of social distancing that has no space for crowded classrooms, the recent pandemic has highlighted how technology, online resources, and remote learning can complement a student’s learning, but not entirely replace it.

So where do we go from here?

ImpactHub Manila, part of the world’s largest network of entrepreneurs, has put together the aptly named webinar “Reinventing Education in an Upside Down World” on May 20. This is part of the network’s Resiliency Project, a series of webinars assisting entrepreneurs and innovators achieve success while navigating these tumultuous times.


The talk features local and global mavericks of the education sector:  Dr. Chito Salazar, the president and CEO of PHINMA Education, a network of secondary and tertiary educational institutions spread throughout the country; Rosanna Urdaneta, the deputy director general for policies and planning at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); Tom Manley, president of the esteemed private liberal arts college, Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio; and Lucia Egea, founder and CEO of Contendor Blanco, and a faculty member at one of the leading international businesses schools, Institute de Empresa in Valencia, Spain.

There is a lot of uncertainty and a lot of opportunity in the future of education. It can be daunting to think about these things as a student or a parent right now, but the future of education is one of the biggest questions coming out of this pandemic, and a necessary discussion to be had.


Source: Manila Bulletin (