Overview of COVID-19 and the Educational System:
- The challenges of early learning during COVID 19.
- Home schooling an effective alternate route for child development and learning.
- Building community resilience through tech support and virtual learning.
- Redefinition of the education system at the primary, secondary, higher secondary and university levels.
- Technology based virtual learning management systems.
- Promotion of research initiatives.
Ginsberg begins his presentation describing the public school system in the United States by illustrating demographics and providing insight to the overall size of the educational system, stating that as of 2018, there were approximately 76 million students enrolled at the Preschool to 12th grade level. He states that schools on average, host about 500 students. The US school systems focus on learning and development, with development having three areas of focus: cognitive and intellectual development, social development and physical development. Ginsberg notes that the school systems focuses on meeting different needs from economic to linguistic diversity and learning styles to teach them 21st century skills: critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and problem solving. Ginsberg says that fall 2020 will require a great shift and increased adaptability in regards to the education system in the US and a safe return to schools, with many schools and universities switching to a virtual format.
Ginsberg’s presentation on COVID-19 and the Educational System in the US is below:
Dr. Tehmina Faisal introduced the education system in Pakistan. She stated that there is no standardized education system in Pakistan, and that in encompasses various institutions at a variety of levels. Dr. Faisal explains that there are three levels of education, the primary level which goes from kindergarten to grade five, the secondary level which ranges from grade six to twelve, and the higher education level which consists of colleges and universities. Due to the variation in the educational institutions, it was difficult to create a standardized policy to address issues related to COVID-19, especially in regards to a majority of students being at or below the poverty line. Faisal says this has resulted in an initial halt in the continuation of schools, due to lack of access to the necessary resources for online learning.
Dr. Faisal’s presentation on COVID-19 and the Educational System in Pakistan is below: