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Dr Prachi Srivastava

Associate Professor, WESTERN UNIVERSITY

Effect of COVID-19 / Coronavirus on global education; international development, global education, social and economic development in India, privatization, social science research, global philanthropy


Why Canadian schools need a localized approach to reopening, CBC News Network with Hannah Thibodeau, 13 August 2020

COVID-19: With news of spiking coronavirus cases in some Canadian communities, parents are concerned about sending their children back to school. Prachi Srivastava, a professor of global education at Western University, explains why a localized approach to reopening schools should be taken.

Restarting Ontario Education, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO, 12 May 2020

COVID-19: Asking big picture questions on the future of education and the pandemic.

What can we learn from school reopening and closures globally? What's the way forward?

Quality Education for All: Are Low-Cost Private Schools the Answer? [Debate WISE 2014]

A debate on the appropriateness of low-fee private schooling in the Global South. WISE, Doha, Qatar, November 2014.

Smackdown Debate - Help or Hindrance: are low-cost private schools helping achieve quality education for all in Africa?

World Bank, Africa Knowledge Fest 2017, February 22, 2017Television


The pandemic is forcing online learning on everyone: Higher education, Wait There's More podcast series, Global News, May 14, 2020Radio/Podcast


COVID-19: Universities and colleges around the world are going virtual because of the pandemic. This week, a number of postsecondary institutions in Canada announced that they would be primarily offering online classes next semester, a big change for a lot of students who were looking forward to the typical campus experience. Today, we’re talking to a university student, a professor, and a learning expert about their experiences with online learning and what these drastic changes are already revealing about our education system.

Education expert raises concerns with Ontario's back-to-school plan, 980 CFPL Global News Radio, August 12, 2020Radio/Podcast


COVID-19: There is growing push back from parents and teachers regarding Ontario's back-to-school plan amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. A petition is circulating online asking the province to reduce class sizes for the return to school. As of 11 a.m. Thursday, August 13, it had just over 223,000 signatures.

Dr. Prachi Srivastava, Associate Professor of Education & International Development in the Faculty of Education at Western University, joins Jess Brady to discuss her concerns with the current back-to-school plan and her recommendations for returning kids to school in a safe way.

What are "schooling pods", and how can they help kids return to school? CFPL 980 Global News Radio, August 7, 2020Radio/Podcast


COVID-19: As the return to school approaches, many possibility have been proposed to help kids and teachers with the return. One of the proposed ideas is "schooling pods." But what are they? To explain what a schooling pod is Jess Brady is joined by Dr. Prachi Srivastava.

Educational Planning in a Time of Coronavirus, FreshEd Podcast, March 30, 2020Radio/Podcast


How can governments respond to the largest mass disruption of education in history? What lessons can high-income countries learn from low-income countries and conflict-affected and emergency contexts? What are some alternative measures to online instruction? What are the equity issues?

Private or Public: Does the proliferation of low-fee/low-cost private schools improve or impede learning for all? UNESCO IIEP Learning PortalRadio/Podcast


Quebec is reopening schools, but should it be hitting the brakes instead?

The Globe and Mail, May 12, 2020Print


COVID-19 Op-ed, Prachi Srivastava and Gavin Yamey

Low-fee private schools and poor children: what do we really know?

The Guardian, August 12, 2015Print


Does low-fee private schooling offer the best chance for the poor? Prachi Srivastava responds to The Economist’s pro-private school article

L'Ontario ne devrait pas rouvrir ses écoles, selon plusieurs experts Le Québec n'est « pas un modèle » à suivre, selon la professeure ontarienne en éducation Prachi Srivastava.

COVID-19 and the Global Education Emergency

From Poverty to PowerOnline


We are witnessing the largest mass education disruption in history, affecting 1 billion children and youth or 50% of the global population of this group. Temporary school closures are unrealistic. What do we do? I discuss steps forward based on my professional experience of working in conflict- and emergency contexts.


Dr. Prachi Srivastava is tenured Associate Professor in global education at the University of Western Ontario, and a Member of the World Bank Expert Advisory Council on Citizen Engagement. She is currently working on the global education emergency caused by COVID-19. She is leading a high-level policy brief that will feed into the 2020 G20 Summit for Leaders, and has submitted recommendations to the Ontario Ministry of Education. Srivastava has provided research evidence to the European Commission, Global Affairs Canada, the Inter-Parliamentary Union at the United Nations, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), UNESCO, UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All, UK Department for International Development (DFID), and the World Bank, and has been commissioned by DFID, the European Commission, and UNESCO. Previously, she served with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo and the International Rescue Committee in conflict-affected and emergency contexts. She has been interviewed and contributed to a number of national and international media outlets on global education and political issues, including The Economist, The Guardian, Devex, Vrij Nederland, L’actualité, CBC Radio-Canada. Srivastava holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Additional Titles and Affiliations

Member, World Bank Expert Council on Citizenship Engagement

Adjunct Professor, Centre for Global Studies, Huron College

Visiting Senior Fellow, Centre for International Education, University of Sussex (UK)

Adjunct Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa


  • COVID-19 and education
  • International development
  • Global education
  • Social and economic development in India
  • Privatization
  • Social science research
  • Global philanthropy


  • University of Oxford
    Doctor of Philosophy

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