Experts spoke at length in the webinar, organized by “IAAP-India on the theme” COVID-19 Impact on Education: The way Forward “.
“International Association of Academicians for Peace (IAPP)” is an initiative of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), which is an NGO in General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
IAAP is a forum academician from all over the world to bring their experience and wisdom to bear in the search for solutions to our world’s problems.
Experts from around the world offer their remarks on the importance of their work and the value of increased cooperation and collaboration in the search for innovative solutions to some of the critical issues that Nations face on the local, national, regional and global levels, from climate change to the rise of extremist ideologies to humanitarian disasters.conflict and education.
The power of digital learning is immense and it had the infinite potential to significantly enhance both the access as well as quality and relevance of education at all levels from School to Universities. Further, the use of digital learning is easy and least expensive as is evident from the ease with which the online classes have been conducted by teachers in India, whether at school or college or at a university level.
India with its connectivity deeply penetrating in urban as well as rural areas has a great opportunity to address the long-pending demand for improving quality as well as the relevance of education and giving a major boost to human excellence, said Prof Sharma, Vice-Chancellor who had also been the Founder Vice-Chancellor Delhi Technological University DTU.
Mr. Kalita, BJP quoted UN chief and said The UN estimates that the pandemic has affected more than one billion students worldwide. Despite efforts to continue learning during the crisis, including through delivering lessons by radio, television, and online, many are still not being reached.
He said, amid growing despair and depression following the deadly pandemic unleashed by the unsparing coronavirus, An unprecedented virtual rally of a million people, commonly known as “The Rally of Hope” will be held on August 9, 2020, for the Realization of a Heavenly Unified World of Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity, and Universal Values.”
The virus has infected 18.48 million and killed 699,000 globally till today besides growing tension among nations on a slew of issues including border and trade mattes.
The rally will be held from Seoul at 9:40 AM (Korean time) onwards. According to organizers here today, scores of people have already enrolled for the rally, in which they envision timely solace in the contemporary crisis time.
Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, co-founder of the Universal Peace Federation and host of the Rally, will give her keynote address.
Organizers have said: Despite material advances and the amassing of unprecedented wealth, serious global problems remain unsolved. This is all the more striking when it is seen alongside worldwide efforts to maintain peace, resolve conflicts, and end poverty by major international peace-keeping bodies, public and private.
The UN chief said learners with disabilities, members of minority or disadvantaged communities, as well as refugees and displaced persons, are among those at highest risk of being left behind.
Even those students who can access distance learning face challenges, as success depends on their living conditions, and other factors such as the fair distribution of domestic duties.
“As the world faces unsustainable levels of inequality, we need education – the great equalizer – more than ever,” he said in a video message.
“We must take bold steps now, to create inclusive, resilient, quality education systems fit for the future.”
Looming potential catastrophe
A learning crisis existed even before the pandemic, the Secretary-General said, as more than 250 million children were out of school.
Furthermore, only a quarter of secondary school children in developing countries were leaving school with basic skills.
“Now we face a generational catastrophe that could waste untold human potential, undermine decades of progress, and exacerbate entrenched inequalities,” said Mr. Guterres. “The knock-on effects on child nutrition, child marriage, and gender equality, among others, are deeply concerning.”
Back to school
The policy brief calls for action in four key areas, starting with the re-opening of schools once local transmission of COVID-19 is under control.
The UN chief also called for greater investment in education, as low- and middle-income countries had already faced an annual funding gap of $1.5 trillion prior to the pandemic.
“Education budgets need to be protected and increased,” he said.
“And it is critical that education is at the heart of international solidarity efforts, from debt management and stimulus packages to global humanitarian appeals and official development assistance.”
Education initiatives must also seek to reach those at greatest risk of being left behind, he continued. They also should be sensitive to the specific challenges faced by girls and boys, and women and men, while also addressing the digital divide.
Quality education for all
For his final recommendation, the UN chief highlighted what he sees as the “generational opportunity” to deliver quality education for all children, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 17 goals, which world leaders adopted five years ago, provide a pathway to a more sustainable future that benefits both people and the planet.
“To achieve this, we need investment in digital literacy and infrastructure, an evolution towards learning how to learn, a rejuvenation of life-long learning and strengthened links between formal and non-formal education,” said Mr. Guterres.
“And we need to draw on flexible delivery methods, digital technologies and modernized curricula while ensuring sustained support for teachers and communities.”
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