“Education is not the learning of the Fact, but the training of the mind to think”
The Corona Pandemic has forced us to rethink and review our existing educational infrastructure. It has also revealed the weaknesses of the values that pretend to preserve the shortcomings of the “routine” we follow in our daily social and personal life.
In a struggle to fight Covid, most governments around the world have temporarily closed educational institutions. Over 72% of students and youths across the planet have been affected and educative learning, as we have traditionally known it, has suffered a major setback. As these nationwide closures keep impacting billions of the world’s student population, Governments around the world are mobilising and rushing to reduce the immediate impacts, especially for the more vulnerable and underprivileged communities.
Keeping education continuity in mind, most countries rushed into distance education using online platforms which set off an unplanned and rapid shift in the education sector.While this opened the doors for many opportunities, it also gave rise to several challenges.
As schools and institutions have stopped, certain groups of students belonging to the low-income families, ethnic or religious minorities, migrants, remote rural areas, may require particular consideration and specific strategies in the current times and going forward. When it comes to the changed method of teaching, the problems are not only faced by students but by teachers as well. Most of them, around the world, have forced to deliver online lectures without any proper training.
On the other hand, Covid-19 has had some positive impacts on education too.
- Establishing regional and international partnership in the field of technology.
- Growing appreciation and understanding for teachers.
- Increased scope and reach of education into all the segments of the society.
- Developing innovative models for higher education and preparing students for new jobs.
- Increasing research and entrepreneurship.
The pandemic has also been opportunity to remind ourselves of the actual skills students need in this unpredictable world such as informed decisions making , creative problem solving, and most important adaptability.
In order to ensure these skills are instilled in all students, the ability to bounce back and crisis management must be built into our educational system as well. Learning is no longer just an activity limited to a closed classroom and specific time but rather, an activity that can be carried out irrespective of time and place.
The pandemic has proved that the traditional form of education might no longer be effective in the situations of economic crisis, wars, immigration, pandemics and in the modern world but yet, hope might still remain.
Learning networks referred to as knowledge, that was once provided by schools, has now been made available online. Distance learning, open education and e-learning have started to replace all traditional structures of education and are providing equal opportunities by making learning available for all.
Smart education is not an option, but rather a strategic choice that has to be integrated in education systems.
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