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Policy Brief 11 - Building Systematic Resilience in School Systems - The Way Forward


Building Systemic Resilience in School Systems: The Way Forward

The sudden shift to online learning due to COVID-19 has worsened existing inequalities in education. Blended learning complemented by adequate resources can help minimise this digital divide.

The recommendations in this brief were gathered from an online workshop in October 2020 that was organised by The HEAD Foundation and ADB. The workshop involved policymakers, teacher educators, and school leaders from Bangladesh, Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Vietnam.

This policy brief proposes reforms in primary and secondary education as developing Asia copes with the impact of COVID-19. It explores blended learning modalities that can be applied beyond the pandemic.

About this Policy Brief

This policy brief is a product of Meeting the Challenges of the New Normal in School Education, a professional development programme co-organised by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and The HEAD Foundation. It presents short-, medium-, and long- term actions to anticipate, prepare and reform K-12 education systems for the ‘New Normal’ – a post COVID-19 world. It was written by Dr N Varaprasad, Principal Consultant; with contributions from Professor S. Gopinathan, Academic Advisor, The HEAD Foundation, Dr Brajesh Panth, Chief of Education Sector Group, ADB, and Mr Vignesh Naidu, Director, Operations, The HEAD Foundation.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.