A couple of boys in Cameroon get together for a photo. The past several months have been a dramatic departure from life as we knew it. © UNICEF/UNI305991/Frank Dejongh

The caged bird sings

with a fearful trill

of things unknown

but longed for still

and his tune is heard

on the distant hill

for the caged bird

sings of freedom.

Caged Bird by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou wrote her poem Caged Bird 37 years ago, but her prescient words…

Part One: Is tech the great equalizer or the great divider?

Only a fraction of the 1.2 billion children out of school have access to the Internet, electricity and the technologies that remote learning plans are relying on during closures.

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” — African Proverb

It is in unprecedented times that there is great opportunity to change. With an estimated 1.2 billion children affected by school closures, this learning environment has pushed us into uncharted territory. The lockdown forced the world to rapidly adapt…

Thoughts as days become weeks and now months.

My work from home set up in the early days of the lockdown.

We cannot solve tomorrow’s problems with yesterday’s thinking. If for a single minute we think that the new norm will be just like the old, then we must prepare to be shocked into the new reality. Our ways of work will change and there are some important lessons from lockdown…

Fayaz King

United Nations’ Assistant Secretary-General serving as Deputy Executive Director, Field Results and Innovation at UNICEF | Expert Beekeeper & Avid Fisherman

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