Speakers have underscored the need for acquiring life skills to compete with the global challenges and to cope with the fourth industrial revolution.
They made the call on Wednesday noon in an E- dialogue on Life Skills Education in the Context of COVID- 19 marking the ‘World Youth Skills Day’ organised jointly by a2i- Access to Information project of Bangladesh Government and UNFPADeputy Representative, UNFPA, Dr Eiko Narita and Joint Secretary- Cabinet Division and Joint Project Director A2i, Dr Dewan Mohammad Humayun Kabir gave the welcome and introduction speech.
Director General of Directorate of Secondary & Higher Education, Professor Dr Syed Mohammad Golam Faruk, Member (Curriculum) National Curriculum and Textbook Board, Specialists (Course Accreditation), Bangladesh Technical Education Board, Education Specialist, UNICEF, Bangladesh, Iqbal Hossain, Head of Education program, Plan International Bangladesh, Assistant teacher, Holy Cross Girls High School, Dhaka , Kakoli Henryata Rozario and a class ten student of Holy Cross Girls High School, Dhaka , Sarbani Bala were among the panel discussants.
Education Expert A2i, Mohammad Rafiqul Islam gave a Presentation on Life Skills Education in Bangladesh.
Program Analysts – Adolescents and Youth, UNFPA, Dr. Munir Hussain moderated the session.
Speakers stressed the need for imparting knowledge and skills-based learning to cope with the fourth industrial revolution across the globe.
They also emphasised on ensuring quality education as it can solve all sorts of problems. Creativity, criticality, morality, employability, adaptability, social commitment and health are essential for ensuring quality education of students. Several longstanding unsolved problems, natural crisis, human crisis, environment, and health issues problems will be solved if it is possible to establish quality education.The government has given emphasis on the vocational and technical education beside the general education to ensure skill-based learning.
The world has been facing severe challenges in every sector due to pandemic COVID 19. It will never go back to the situation before COVID 19 rather it would be a new world in the post-pandemic situation. The pandemic situation has also created opportunities and made us educated to cope with the circumstances. Teachers and students proved their resilience to turn around amid the crisis and to face the challenges of the earth. The country has set an example of virtual teaching-learning through Sangsad TV immediately after the starting of the Covid-19 pandemic. Several online schools in the country are operating activities across the country to minimise academic losses.
They also noted that teachers are the change-makers. They must keep up their student’s activities in the continuous assessment as it is a very important tool for students’ all-round development. It reduces their dependability on examination systems. Teachers also need to undergo continuous professional development in order to remain updated for teaching and learning.