#DearWorldLive: How the Pandemic Will Change the Future of Education

May 26, 2020

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic,1.5 billion students were out of school worldwide. As some schools start implementing measures to bring students back into the classroom, the future of education remains uncertain. What has this global experiment in forced virtual learning taught us, and what inequalities has it exposed? This episode of #DearWorldLive explores the impact of the coronavirus on students, teachers and schools.

#DearWorldLive is a new online discussion show from Doha Debates, hosted by Doha Debates’ correspondent and Course Correction host Nelufar Hedayat. Each weekly episode focuses on a different aspect of the coronavirus and its impact on our lives and our world.

How to Participate:

Doha Debates always wants to engage with and hear from young people around the world — like you! Watch live Tuesday, May 26 at 10 a.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Doha on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Livestream viewers can participate and be featured in the show by submitting comments and questions with the hashtag #DearWorld.

Find the time in your city here.

Want to be a student guest on a future show? Email us at connect@dohadebates.com to be added to the list.

Our Participants

Larry Rosenstock

Larry Rosenstock is the CEO and founder of High Tech High, a network of 16 public charter schools in California. He taught carpentry in urban high schools in Boston and Cambridge. A member of the Massachusetts and U.S. Supreme Court Bars, he also served as an attorney at the Harvard Center for Law and Education, and was an instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and at the University Of California at Berkeley. Larry and his work have been featured by Oprah Winfrey and Jim Lehrer, and in Newsweek and Forbes.

David Moinina Sengeh

H.E. David Moinina Sengeh is Sierra Leone’s minister of basic and senior secondary education. He is also the country’s first-ever chief innovation officer. Previously, he was a research scientist at IBM Research Africa, Nairobi. He was born and raised in Sierra Leone, and received his Ph.D. at the MIT Media Lab, where his research in the biomechatronics group focused on the design of comfortable prosthetic sockets and wearable interfaces, work that is at the intersection of medical imaging, material science, human anatomy, computer-aided design and manufacturing. He is married with three girls.

Sherrie Westin

Sherrie Westin is the president of social impact and philanthropy for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street. She leads the Workshop’s efforts to serve vulnerable children through mass media and targeted initiatives around the world. Westin oversees implementation of the largest early childhood intervention in the history of humanitarian response, made possible by the MacArthur Foundation’s historic $100M award.  She was named a Leading Global Thinker by Foreign Policy Magazine and one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business.


Nelufar Hedayat

Award–winning journalist and documentary maker