Liberties in Lockdown 5 – The show must go on(line): education, equality and COVID-19

The lockdown measures have, ironically, put schools across Europe in detention. In most European countries, children were sent home at the onset of the pandemic, and while students in some countries will soon start returning to the classroom, students in other countries will stay home until the next academic year begins. As many have rightfully pointed out, COVID-19 has revealed the shortcomings of our education systems and the inequalities therein. Equality of opportunity, which all students have a right to enjoy, now seems like the daydream of a distracted student, impatient for summer’s arrival.

Can national education systems be digitised in a fast and secure manner? Which online platform is best for a seamless transition to online learning, in which the teacher can impart wisdom, while ensuring that children’s data is kept safe and secure? How can children coming from disadvantaged households keep up with their better off peers? What sort of strategies should the EU and its member states be pursuing?

These questions, and many more, will be tackled by our distinguished speakers during the fifth online event of ELF’s new series – Liberties in Lockdown.


It’s clear that COVID-19 will reshape our societies, and indeed our lives, in many ways. What will our world look like once the lockdowns have ended and the travel restrictions are lifted? Will we recognise our countries and cities; our neighbourhoods and friends? Will we recognise ourselves? For the next few weeks, each installment of the Liberties in Lockdown series will have a particular focus, looking at, among other things, the economy, digital privacy and healthcare. We hope you can join us for these important discussions.

Time: 9:30 – 10:30 (CEST)


Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General, OECD

Thomas Clausen, Policy Advisor for Education and Research, Liberal Institute, FNF

Susanne Dallinga, Researcher, Mr. Hans van Mierlo Foundation

Moderated by:

Isabelle Parasram, Vice President, Liberal Democrats (UK)

Opening remarks by:

Daniel Kaddik, Executive Director, European Liberal Forum


This event will be live-streamed on the European Liberal Forum Facebook page.

Organised by the European Liberal Forum.

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