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It's Time to Tackle Learning Poverty
Literacy is a gateway that can open the door to a world of opportunities or just as quickly shut it tight. Every day, the doors slams shut for many millions of children in low and middle-income countries around the world. According to the World Bank, a startling 70% of children in low- and middle-income are unable to read proficiently by age 10. In celebration of Canada’s International Development Week, join our host Nathalie O’Neil for a virtual fireside chat with leading education experts on the issue of Learning Poverty and how we can collectively rise to the challenge of ending it.

Feb 9, 2023 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Daniel Baheta
Chief of Education @UNICEF Tanzania
Dr. Daniel Baheta is Chief of Education at UNICEF Tanzania having previously worked with UNICEF in Kenya and Sudan. Before joining UNICEF in 2011, Dr. Baheta served as Senior Development Officer at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Partnership Branch – The Afghanistan Program and the Sudan Desk in support of good governance, gender, education and capacity building. Dr. Baheta holds a PhD and Master’s from the University of Kyoto, Japan and a Bachelor’s from Carleton University, Canada.
Sybil Bailor
Sierra Leone Country Lead @CODE
Sybil Bailor is the Country Representative for CODE Sierra Leone and has over 20 years of international development experience in Sierra Leone/West Africa and the UK in the areas of governance, education, civil society capacity building, addressing poverty and gender. Before joining CODE, she was Chief of Party for the Girls Education Challenge (the largest girl’s education program in Sierra Leone), funded by DFID and managed by Plan International. Sybil is currently the Chair of the Sierra Leone Association of NGOs (SLANGO). Sybil completed a Masters degree at the London South Bank University.
Marcela Gutierrez
Education Specialist @World Bank
Marcela Gutierrez is an Education Specialist at the World Bank. In the office of the Global Director, she has ten years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating human development and research programs. She co-leads Read@Home, an initiative to deliver reading materials to hard-to-reach homes along with support for parents. Finally, she supports countries like Sierra Leone in their primary education policies. She holds a M.A. in Public Administration/International Development from Harvard University, a M.A. and B.A. in Economics from Universidad de los Andes and a B.A. in Business Administration.
Nathalie O'Neil
Former Director of Education and Social Empowerment @Global Affairs Canada
Nathalie O’Neil is a Board Member at CODE. Before retiring, she was Director, Education and Social Development at Global Affairs Canada. Nathalie has significant experience in strategic policy and programming as well as working on development issues in several countries, including Haiti, Mali, Senegal and Cameroon, where she was Canadian High Commissioner and Ambassador to Chad, Gabon, and the Central African Republic. She is a graduate of McGill University and the Université de Montréal.