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On 7 October 2020, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) together with the UNESCO Bangkok and Almaty offices, organized a webinar: ‘Open and distance education to promote learning and skills development throughout life’. It was the second webinar of the series in the (virtual) Central Asia Symposium on ICT in Education (vCASIE) 2020, supported by the Korea Education and Research Information Service (KERIS).

COVID-19 has disrupted education worldwide in an unprecedented way. Millions of students have not been able to continue learning in schools, universities, vocational training institutions and adult learning programmes. Many governments responded to the pressing need to provide school children...