March 22, 2021, New Delhi:
The Policy Times and South Asia Education Council (SAEC) jointly organized a borderless academic exchange webinar on “Achieving Regional Integration in Education within South Asia”, March 22 from 6.30 pm -7.30 pm (IST).
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8UlzbsXSTM
Dr. Hanif Qureshi, IPS, IGP Haryana Police, Secretary, Department Of Renewable Energy, Government of Haryana identified some of the common challenges in the academic delivery, quality, and access in South Asia which is the result of poor academic outcome and transition to productive skills. Children-friendly school infrastructure, environment, curriculum, and encouraging participative pedagogy could bring positive change with teachers taking a transformative leadership role and nurturing creativity, critical thinking, and positive attitude with the active engagement of parents in their children’s academia. These positive actions could stop some of the common problems like school drop-outs, school enrolment in rural areas, learning crisis.
Smt. Khaleda Mariam Sajjad, Head of IGCSE O Level and International A Level, Head English Teacher, Sunbeams, Dhaka, Bangladesh brought out an alternative method for schools to pursue to bring change is to train young students to teach their younger school fellows which could make the pedagogy relative to young people’s mind and much more participative and encourage learning free from conventional fear-driven learning.
Mr. Shaikh Shahriar Mohammad, Principal, Rural Development Academy (RDA) Laboratory School, and College, Bangladesh stressed on integration of vocational training to make a sustainable and productive change and utilize the full potential of girls in South Asia in case they are unable to for higher study.
Mr. Samir Sharma, Principal, Triton International College, Nepal brought out action plans to ease the integration like policy flexibility to facilitate cross-border regional academic integration through cross-border faculty incorporation for cultural understanding and assimilation, active policy dialogue, joint practical venture, knowledge sharing, and innovation and technology transfer within SAARC area to bring holistic integration within South-Asia.
Dr. Prakash Sharma, Ambassador of Global Start-Up Ecosystem on encouraging entrepreneurship in school children is to focus on alternate learning to compensate for inadequate formal learning system activity-based learning, incorporating entertainment in education along with entrepreneurial skill training in schools to pave way for booming start-up ecosystem and subsequent growth.
Dr. Kuldeep Singh, Principal SV Mukherjee Nagar, Delhi, India brought out the need for a shared platform for every stakeholder in academia to sensitize, bring needed awareness, and consequently pave way for active ideation and innovation to shape political will and collective effort to bring academic transformation with mutual collaboration.
Professor Sujoy Kumar Biswas, Director, and CEO of Techno India University, India, Ms. Baishakhi Mendes, Director, Bay View School, Bangladesh, Anita Mondal, Principal, Green Gems International School, Bangladesh, Arif Ullah, IAL & IGSE Co-ordinator, International Hope School, Chattogram Branch, Bangladesh, Ms. Shikha Zaman, Superintendent of Seabreeze International School in Dhaka, Bangladesh Mohammad Belal Hossain, International Coordinator, British Council, Dhaka were some of the prominent speakers putting in their enriching inputs to the unique idea, concept exchange for South Asian academic renaissance through regional integration.