The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted every sector of the global economy and education sector is not an exception. As the world is moving towards the new normal, UNESCO held a virtual meeting with leading education specialists across the globe to ensure the protection of education financing during the covid-19 recovery period.
Why did UNESCO Hosted Education Meeting?
The meeting was held in partnership with the governments of Ghana, Norway and the United Kingdom. The main motive of the meeting was to set the right course of actions for the next year and to boost the commitment of member states and international community towards education amid the pandemic.
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Speakers at UNESCO Education Meeting
The keynote speakers at the meeting were- Joao Manuel Goncalves Lourenco (Angola), Felix Tshisekedi (D.R, Congo), Hage Geingob (Namibia), Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), president of Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez and many other esteemed leaders also joined the meeting.The United Nations was represented by Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, director general of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, David Beasley, Executive Director of WFP (World Food Programme) and a bunch of other leaders.
The meeting addressed the issue of pandemic impacting the situation of susceptible learners and worsening the already existing inequalities in the system. It doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that after the pandemic the education sector is going to need higher levels of budgets, but it is feared that the economic slump will result in education budget cuts.
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The meeting witnessed a healthy discussion regarding the global education scenario in the current and post covid-19 world. They discussed ways to strengthen the education systems such as appropriate financing of education, reopening of schools safely, focus on inclusions, develop new teaching approaches and focus on learning through technology.
What was the Outcome?
These were the highlights of what took place during the global education meet. The fact that all these esteemed leaders have started to rethink education in the post covid world is a huge step towards a change for good.