PADECO Webinar: Education and International Development under the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thank you very much for having attended our 3rd Webinar.

February 23th, 2021 7:00–9:00 PM (EST)
February 24th, 2021 9:00–11:00 AM (JST)

Livestream via ZOOM
Language: English

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the world has been in turmoil. Education became one of the hardest-hit sectors by the pandemic and developing countries are the most vulnerable in this crisis. The pandemic continues to rage and the collaboration of different actors of international development is needed more than ever.

This webinar will explore how the pandemic has affected and changed education and international development and will attempt to bridge the gap among the different actors and pave a pathway to overcome the challenges for a better future.

Registered guests will receive an email with instructions for joining ZOOM by the day before the event.

This event is free, open to the public, and will be recorded.

Target Groups
  • Graduate/Undergraduate students
  • Others who are interested in international education development


Part 1: The Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Education and International Development

  • Opening 
  • Introduction of each panelist  
  • A brief presentation on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected education, especially in developing countries
  • Panel Discussion

Part 2: How to Overcome the Challenges

  • Open Discussion  
  • Plenary Discussion  
  • Summary and Closing (Ryuichi Sugiyama, General Manager, PADECO EDD)


Dr. James H. Williams

UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development; Professor, International Education & International Affairs, The George Washington University

You can see Dr. Williams’ biography here

Kaito Miwa

CEO, NPO e-Education

You can visit e-Education’s website here

Abdul Matin Sheikh Maheen

Founder & Managing Director, BacBon Limited

Mr. Maheen Matin is the Founder and CEO of BacBon  Limited & one of the Co-founders of NPO e-Education-Japan. Besides, He is presently serving as an e-Learning Consultant of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Previously, he served as a National Education Consultant of the JICA and CASIO computers. 

He envisions creating universal access to inclusive quality education for all, especially for Bangladesh’s citizens, through the power of ICT. To this purpose, he has already introduced two platforms: BacBon School (e-learning platform) and BacBon Tutors (Uber Model: Tutors Management Platform). Mr. Maheen studied at Hitotsubashi University as a MEXT Scholar. He also achieved Undergraduate Degree from the University of Dhaka. 

You can visit Bacbon Limited website here

Kyoko Yoshikawa

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Global Partnership for Education

 Former Senior Consultant at PADECO

You can see Ms. Yoshikawa’s biography here

Naoko Kitadate

ODA consultant; Senior Associate, PADECO

Naoko has over 20 years of experience in the fields of international development and education development, and has engaged in various development projects in many countries in Asia and the Middle East. 

Prior to joining PADECO, she worked at National Institute of Education, Paro, Bhutan as IT Training Specialist, and at United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, France as Assistant Planning Officer. She holds a Master of Education from Harvard University, USA and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from Hitotsubashi University, Japan.


Vanessa Ozawa

Project Consultant, PADECO

Over the last decade, Vanessa has worked in various educational institutions, including classroom settings, on programme implementation and policy-making. She has taught in the UK, France, and Japan, and also worked as an intern at the French Embassy of the United States and Human Rights Watch in London. After having worked for Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCVs) pre-dispatched compulsory programme, she joined PADECO and has been particularly involved in a JICA ODA education project in Bangladesh.

PADECO Education Development Division
Webinar Office

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