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Post-COVID-19 lockdown: UN groups mull sustainable new education model




As part of post-COVID-19 global lockdown strategies, Africana Women Working Group at the United Nations and the Center for SDG Global Education in U.S. have canvassed a new and sustainable model of education and public knowledge.

Specifically, the virtual conference called for the deployment of a new model for providing education across all levels.

The group made the call in a report by Ambassador Ada Juni Okika, the Executive Director, Center for SDG Global Education, USA, on the submissions from the “COVID-19: After Lock down Preparedness conference via Zoom.

The conference, addressed by 17 panelists and contributors featured 189 attendees from across the world, was held in conjunction with other groups such as the Africa Cultural Promotions Inc., Miss CARICOM Foundation Intl, and the CICA International University and Seminary.

Others are: Tomorrows Women Development Organization, MacBan Arts and Bar JUNI and Irene Menakaya Foundation Intl.

According to a report from the conference, the first Education Solutions Classroom Academy Series highlighted the urgent need for an action on global education regarding COVID-19 after lockdown preparedness and to provide action oriented resources to prepare local communities in overcoming lockdown syndrome.

“Urgent efforts must be put in place to design technological devices that could expedite action for continued education through remote or distance learning with evaluation and assessment skills.

“There must be need to create effective collaborative partnerships to achieve a plan of action for people on the planet and prosperity of all nations in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There must be clarion call for global partnership to mobilize means required for implementing of agreed agendas, acting in a spirit of strengthening global solidarity and supporting the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable communities.

“There should be need to reach out adequately to cultural communities using the local service organisation to improve local resilience,’’ the report made available to Persecondnews, said.

It said Education Solution Classroom Academy Series stressed that knowledge is transferable and the e-learning platform must present a great opportunity to share knowledge across the world.

“The Education Solution Classroom Academy Series is timely and crucial as it has laid the foundation to create a roadmap on setting the stage for community sustainability and healthy living preparedness during and after COVID-19 lock down.’’

It added that in the transition from rote-learning to remote-learning, partnership leverages remained the roadmap to sustainable, equitable and quality education.

The groups also stressed the need for digital education system to take education programmes to rural communities across the world.

The report advocated a rethink of the education system in developing countries particularly, noting that education had been in jeopardy while quality and inclusive education for lifelong learning has also been at risk.

On health, the report noted that COVID-19 was not only challenging to global health systems but testing the common humanity.

“The global community needs to be reminded that human health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity in all matters and relevant at all
levels,” it said.

During the current lockdown and after, the report recommended strategic actions on education, health, social distancing, economic principles, sanitation among others.

“There is total cheek-up on personal, family, community and national economy, high rate of unemployment, closure of companies, government establishment, private sector thereby creating high rate of unemployment and financial crisis.

“There should be urgent need to rethink the future and consider new mode of socialisation for a new world.

“Cultural best practices must urge local service organizations to help with monitoring cooperation of citizens through education and work towards removing barriers that can cause deficiencies in knowledge of the information necessary in the adjustment to COVID-19 Safe Way of Life.

“World leaders need to enact a new agenda, guided by purpose and principle of the charter of the World Health Organization on global pandemic for the respect of humanity.

“There should be affordable, available, accessible and acceptable technological device to help develop systems for conducive application to the “new normal life across the globe from local communities.

“Action on health alert should be enacted through “Together on COVID-19 and HOPE Alive Campaign” to local communities through music, arts and cultural promotion,” the report said.

“The purpose of this programme is to create content for community education, reduce emerging self-stigma, negative emotional health to build healthy confidence in the minds of people while strengthening economic and human healthy living.

“The goal is to ensure that as the world leaders call off the global lockdown, efforts could be made to ensure adequate measures are taken through education and public knowledge that strategies are in place for personal, family, community and societal sustainability,” it added.

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