A virtual meeting of the G20 education ministers took place on Saturday to discuss and exchange the experiences of member countries in the three identified areas of educational continuity in times of crisis, early childhood education and the internationalization of education, the Ministry of Personnel Development announced 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.
“Education ministers from the G20 countries have decided to work together and share best practices in education so that member states can ensure inclusive and equal education in times of crisis and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all,” the ministry said in a press release .
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 education ministers adopted a communique at the end of the meeting. In terms of ensuring continuity of education in times of crisis, the communique recognizes the value of distance and mixed teaching and learning, and highlights the importance of improving access to quality education, professional development for educators, digital infrastructure and content, des Awareness of cybersecurity and appropriate teaching methods and active learning, while 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 K-12 level. The communique emphasizes the impact of internationalization practices in a country on expanding students’ intercultural and global competencies and providing equal learning opportunities and experiences for all, ”the press release said.