18th March 2020, Bogota – Colombia.
In light of recent global developments and government measures regarding the COVID-19, and after consulting our partners, we have taken the regrettable decision to postpone the 4th International Congress of Escuelas Nuevas: Human Development with Equity that was scheduled to take place on May 20. We are sure you share our disappointment but we hope that you understand why we concluded that it is best for all concerned to reschedule the event. We are already exploring potential dates later this year.
In times of uncertainty like the one we are currently experiencing, we have found it useful to apply a few simple education principles in trying to understand what is happening and how best to respond both professionally and personally. The first principle is to listen carefully to those with great expertise and experience, in this case, the World Health Organization. The second is to internalize what we have learned and adjust our behavior accordingly. The third and final principle is to regularly reflect on the situation by reapplying principles one and two. Our approach then is to listen, learn, and reflect.
Once again we thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you all at the rescheduled IV CIEN later this year.