The education ministers of the G-20 countries decide to work together to ensure inclusive and equal education.
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NEW DELHI: A virtual meeting of the G20 education ministers took place on Saturday to discuss and exchange the experiences of the member countries in the three identified areas of educational continuity in times of crisis, early childhood education and internationalization in the education system, the Ministry of Personnel Development said on Sunday.

Yesterday’s meeting was the culmination of ongoing discussions on these issues, which were practically due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ministry said.

“The education ministers of the G20 countries have decided to work together and exchange best practices in the field of education, so that the member states can guarantee inclusive and equal education and promote opportunities for lifelong learning for all even in times of crisis,” said a press release from the ministry said.

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank represented India and said these issues are also priority areas that the Indian government has pursued.

“India’s commitment to these issues is reflected in the new National Education Policy 2020, which aims to transform the country’s educational landscape,” the press release said.

According to the press release, the minister said India will continue the efforts it has made to reform and transform its education system and alleviate the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic. He also said India is determined to work with G20 member countries on education.

“The Ministers of Education adopted a communique at the end of the meeting. In relation to ensuring continuity of education in times of crisis, the communique recognizes the value of distance and combined teaching and learning and underlines the importance of improving access to quality education and professionalism Developing for educators, digital infrastructure and content, cybersecurity awareness, appropriate teaching methodology and active learning, recognizing that these approaches complement face-to-face learning, “the press release said.

The communique, according to the press release, expresses the determination to promote internationalization in education by exchanging best practices in education and adapting these practices at local, national and international levels as necessary.

“It also supports the further development of the discussion on internationalization at the K-12 level. The communique emphasizes the impact of internationalization practices in a country on expanding the intercultural and global competencies of students and on providing equal learning opportunities and experiences for all,” it says in the press release.

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