ECOSF Participated in a webinar on Education Now: "Innovations in Global Education''

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Yidan Prize collaborated with the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and organized a webinar “Education Now” On 23 April 2021. The purpose of holding this webinar series is to respond to the dramatic changes in the field of education in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. A large number of researchers, scholars and experts participated in the webinar. On behalf of ECOSF, President Prof. Manzoor Hussain Soomro participated in the webinar. 

The webinar was moderated by Bridget Terray Long, Dean and Saris Professor of Education and Economics, HGSE. Experts deliberated that every nation describes education as a top domestic policy priority. However, a few avenues exist today to connect those policy conversations across national boundaries. The discussion of the webinar centered around as to what should a global conversation about education look like and what are the pressing international challenges that educators and societies face — and where are the opportunities for innovation, collaboration, discovery, and meaningful engagement on real-world problems?

  • Professor Anant Agarwal, Founder, and CEO, edX
  • Professor Usha Goswami, Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Thomas Kane, Walter H. Gale Professor of Education and Economics at Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Angeline Murimirwa, Executive Director-Africa - CAMFED.

Professor Kane said that just in the three years, decade old international organizations like OECD have begun comparing student’s skills in math and literacy and science. Now, we must make it easier for policymakers to learn about promising ideas from others countries and to begin testing them, with comparison groups in their own context.

Professor Usha Goswami said that a global conversation about education should look into dismantling the developmental barriers to learn and the kinds of access we can put in place to make sure all children get the right education.

Professor Anant Agarwal said that as we bring in new stackable modular education fuelled by learning science and powered by advances in technology like AI and Machine learning online learning is poised to make quantum leaps in the next five to 10 Years.

Ms. Angeline Murimirwa said that now is the time to build forward acting on the pandemic’s harsh lesson to build equity into the system for every child delivering social-economic, and climate justice through education.

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