About The Webinar

This is an interactive webinar to launch Amnesty International’s latest briefing paper,  Failing to learn the lessons? the impact of COVID-19 on a broken and unequal education system. Expert education panellists will discuss the effects of COVID-19 on education in South Africa and Government’s response to it. The paper highlights the importance of providing more resources to enable remote/blended learning to take place when schools are closed and calls on government to prioritise schools which continue to fall below the Minimum Norms and Standards for educational facilities.

  • Shenilla Mohamed

    Shenilla is Executive Director for Amnesty International South Africa. She is a media, human rights and development practitioner. In her career of over 30 years she has worked as Bureau Chief Northern Emirates for the Gulf News in Dubai, Deputy Director of the BBC Trust African Media Initiative, Europe, Middle East and Africa Editor for Inter Press Services, South Africa Director for Oxfam GB, Principal Advisor to the Hivos-International Media Support-Dfid Programme on Media and Governance in Zimbabwe and Africa Director for OutRight Action International. Mohamed has won numerous awards including the Ruler of Sharjah Award for Reporting on Women’s Affairs, numerous Journalism awards (Medical Writer of the Year, Women’s Affairs Writer of the Year, Feature Writer of the Year) as well as being awarded the Alan Turing LGBTIQ Award by ARN Culture Pride in Tenerife for her work on LGBTIQ rights in Africa.​​​​​​​

  • Dr Nic Spaul

    Dr Nic Spaull is a Senior Researcher in the Research on Socioeconomic Policy group (RESEP) at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and the Principal Investigator for the National Income Dynamics Study Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM). He has held resident fellowships at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education and at the OECD in Paris. His research and publications center on education policy in South Africa with a focus on early reading and early mathematics. He is currently evaluating alternative teacher training/coaching modalities and early learning materials. Nic advises numerous trusts and philanthropies as well as key policy-makers in South Africa.  His most recent book is South African Schooling: The Enigma of Inequality which is co-edited with Jonathan Jansen and published by Springer (2019).

  • Roné McFarlane
    Roné  is the Co-Head of Research at the South African CSO Equal Education, where she conducts research and policy analysis and advocates for equality in education. She holds an MSc in Comparative and International Education from Oxford University, which she obtained with distinction as a Chevening scholar. Before joining Equal Education, McFarlane worked as a research advisor to Cambridge University's Faculty of Education and interned at the BBC in London. Her work is inspired by the belief that education can empower youth and contribute to more just societies. McFarlane serves on the organising committee for Education Fishtank, a grassroots public education platform in Cape Town. She is also a house leader for the NPO Echo Youth Development, which provides houses for the youth.

  • Iain Byrne 

    Iain is an international human rights lawyer with over 25 years of experience of working in the field. He has been with the International Secretariat of Amnesty International for over nine years carrying out various roles including six years as a manager of various teams: Head of the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) and Refugee and Migrants Rights teams and Deputy Programme Director in the Global Issues Programme and Director of the Gender, Sexuality and Identity Programme in the Law and Policy Directorate. He is a Special Advisor on Strategic Litigation and a member of Amnesty International’s Strategic Litigation Unit and Litigation Committee. From 2001 until 2011 he held various positions at INTERIGHTS, the international centre for the legal protection of human rights. Since 2000 he has been a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex from where he graduated with MA in 1994 after obtaining a LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Manchester. He has sat on several NGO boards and advisory groups and has authored numerous articles, papers, reports, book chapters and books on human rights and democracy.

  • About Amnesty International
    Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. We are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.​​​​​​​

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