Losing an entire year of schooling can mean the difference between a bright future and life derailed. More than 70 million children across the world are today are progressing towards a devastating future. Anti-poverty organization has issued alarming figures that could be affected in 2021.
Approach to curb the spread
In an urge to curb the spread, all educational institutions shut down all its infrastructures that could potentiate the spread. Schools resorted to online modes to facilitate education. According to UNESCO, the education of 1.7 billion children in 188 countries was heavily disrupted in 2020. Remote learning took over unevenly across the globe, snatching the right to education from the underprivileged nations.
Urgent address demanded
By 2030, the number of children lacking basic literacy by the time they turn 10 could rise to 750 million, or approximately one in 10 people globally. Director for global policy at the ONE Campaign said,” [This] kicks off a whole lifetime of self-directed learning and innovation and has implications for their ability to get an education, innovate, get a job, earn and so on, emphasizing the importance of educational milestone at 10year. As a response to this crisis and before the G7 Sherpa meeting, the organization has urged governments to commit at least $5bn to fund the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), arguing that it will enable 175 million girls and boys to learn between 2021-2025.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- COVID pandemic catalysis the change that has been long pending. The slow pace of change in academic institutions globally is lamentable, with centuries-old, lecture-based approaches to teaching, entrenched institutional biases, and outmoded classrooms. Aspects that were once considered fundamental to education should be revised to largely accommodate life skills of the future like resilience, adaptability, collaboration, communication, empathy, creativity, and emotional intelligence. A psychological approach should be mastered to aid students to adopt this transition.
- The Educational authorities of developing countries like India and Africa should accentuate a tighter bond between the private and government institutes to mitigate the issues. The digital connectivity across the country must be uplifted. This way education may become more flexible and accessible, relinquishing its over-reliance on rigid structures that we currently consider necessary. Advance institutes like IITs and NITs can globalize online education while universities, initially, nationalize online education. Fundamental structural changes should be made in the curriculum and programs so that the educational sector is geared up against such calamities in the future.