By Abdulai Braima…..
The Global Summit for Education is in firm progress.
DAY ONE of the summit, Wednesday 28 was packed with meaningful discussions, and brimming with interesting ideas as intriguing conversations were showcased to a global audience, in sequential parallels.
The themes were roundly focused on re-setting objectives and creating new pathways to reshape education in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic while devising systems that are more inclusive and less restrictive.
The Sierra Leone minister of education, Dr. David Monina Sengeh, was among a selected line of contributory speakers which included an array of professional educationists, policy makers, content creators and vibrant youth activists.
Before joining the virtual event, Minister Sengeh whose brilliant credentials in education is seamlessly embedded in innovation had attended two important meetings, one with Mr. Nick Gibb, the British Minister of Education and a round table conference on the worsening impacts of global climate change.
Straight after that Minister Sengeh
joined the GES virtual platform with other panelists to talk about “gender stereotypes that impede both boys and girls from achieving gender equality”.
In the midst of the raging Covid-19 debacle today’s program was ambitious and the deliveries highly hopeful. The gathering aims to create new and robust functional systems that would address the gender imbalances and the gaping inequalities amongst people and nations. This involves raising funds and harnessing technology to bridge gaps and improve the human capital index. It is about making our educational systems more responsive to our evolving situations and leveraging the changes to transform our socio-economic situations.
The fact is that the Covid-19 pandemic, with its horrendous deaths and widespread disruptions, has plunged the globe into new realities needing urgent, innovative and sometimes dramatic responses. But whatever the chosen pathway, this pandemic has once more taught the world that we need to think together, talk with each other and act as one not just to effectively tackle our collective challenges but to forge ahead using better strides.
Tomorrow, Thursday 29 July, is the crucial part of the summit with the engagements moving from virtual to in-person interactions culminating in donor pledges to pave the way for a more hopeful future for our children and for our world!
Copyright: Abdulai Braima