Pandemic offers opportunity to reassess education system: Makarim

So far, we haven’t made our maximum effort yet. Our way of life was unsustainable, not resilient, and not just enough to meet the challenges ahead. From personal health to public health, our relationship with nature, and our way of educating children,

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology Nadiem Anwar Makarim has said the COVID-19 pandemic has offered a chance to reassess the education system.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has become a moment of reflection for all parties on the education system challenges currently facing the global community,” Makarim said at the opening of the Education Task Force forum. (EdWG) of the G20, here on Wednesday.

The Minister urged the participants of the forum, which is being held in Yogyakarta from March 16-18, 2022, to take concrete steps to reassess the current way of life and improve all aspects of life.

“Until now, we have yet to exert our maximum effort. Our way of life was unsustainable, not resilient, and not just enough to face the challenges ahead. From personal health to public health, our relationship with nature and our way of teaching children, we need to take more concrete actions,” remarked Makarim.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the global education system and affected hundreds of thousands of children around the world; therefore, joint action is needed to solve the fundamental problems of the education system and improve the system to make it more relevant to the challenges of the 21st century, the minister noted.

Indonesia, as the current holder of the G20 Presidency, is committed to strengthening collaboration and creating a more sustainable, resilient and just post-pandemic future, he said.

The theme of Indonesia’s G20 Presidency, “Recover Together, Recover Stronger”, fits well with Indonesia’s national characteristics which uphold the value of mutual assistance to achieve common goals, Makarim added.

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“The G20 EdWG forum taking place in the next few days will be our milestone in achieving a better future. quality to children of all nations for a better and more sustainable future,” the Minister remarked.

The priority agenda of the first day of the G20 EdWG forum will be quality education for all and digital in the education sector.

The forum, which 27 delegates join offline and 64 delegates attend online, is chaired by the ministry’s Director General of Teachers and Educational Personnel, Iwan Syahril, as chair of the G20 Education Task Force. .



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