OECD | May 04, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing mega-experiment in distant learning demonstrates that no country has been properly prepared for such a challenge.
To address the educational crisis, the most inspiring actions have been taken by individual teachers in both rich and poor countries.
Within national and international communities, some enthusiastic teachers recorded tutorials on how to use interactive platforms for online education.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing mega-experiment in distant learning demonstrates that no country has been properly prepared for such a challenge. Schools and universities in both developing and developed countries struggle with the complexity of providing equitable access to education. Owing to a dearth of international leadership in education suggesting “best practices” and “countries as educational models,” self-organized local communities of teachers and educators at the grassroots level are stepping up.
To address the educational crisis, the most inspiring actions have been taken by individual teachers in both rich and poor countries. Many teachers across the globe have taken the initiative to switch to a distant education mode with whatever tools and competencies they had. Teachers enthusiastically have come into the forefront of emergency teaching and learning with strong sense of self-reflection and self-management.
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“Results of our survey, “This pandemic has shown that the world needs new partnerships in education to ensure more equitable educational provision”.
Within national and international communities, some enthusiastic teachers recorded tutorials on how to use interactive platforms for online education; others created lesson plans and methodologies, and shared them with each other. Yet others became involved in brainstorming policy options of how to reach out to students in remote villages without internet connectivity, or discussed educational solutions for minority populations or students with special education needs. Many of them initiated partnerships with local charities to help socially disadvantaged students receive internet access, laptops, or mobile phones. Some enthusiastic teachers got involved in designing and developing programs for nation-wide TV lesson broadcasts.
Global Education Coalition reflects the necessity of collaboration among multiple partners, including grassroots movements and civil society actors, multilateral organizations, private educational companies.
This experience showed vividly that when educators were given freedom and autonomy, they came up with context-appropriate solutions; when existing hierarchies lost their power, albeit temporarily, teachers improvised, thus becoming the agents of change. Most important, such actions have strengthened local capacities, which will be more sustainable in the future. We demand so much from teachers, but often forget to trust them .
It is not an easy path, though. Switching to online modes of teaching has not been stress-free for teachers and it has taken its toll on the mental well-being of educators. Moreover, initiatives at the grassroots level are also filled with risks, disappointments, and frustrations, but they are democratic in nature, empower educators, and have lasting effects.
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PR Newswire | July 30, 2020
Niagara Networks, the Open Visibility Platform pioneer, today announced that Niagara Networks Bypass Switches combined with Viewtinet appliances for Quality of Service (QoS) TCP optimization and smart analytics now ensure the speed, quality and availability for a country-wide education network in Latin America. The education network faced considerable challenges maintaining quality services with increasing student and educator loads, particularly with sizable increases in video, real-time and latency-sensitive traffic. The combination of Niagara Networks and Viewtinet enable the education network to stay ahead of demand and scale for future growth."Nation-wide education network with dispersed users tend to be challenging, putting immense strain on IT operations team," said Zeev Draer, vice president of marketing, Niagara Networks. "Niagara Networks and Viewtinet join forces to solve these challenges and provide traffic analysis and network optimization for improved user experience and complete visibility and conformance of operational KPIs in carrier grade high availability architecture."The Niagara Networks provides an agile deployment capability for multiple networking and security solutions to optimally access network traffic. It enables the Viewtinet appliance to operate in-line and ensures that traffic will automatically failover without interruption regardless of any abnormal scenario to achieve maximum network uptime. The combination also ensures a highly scalable solution for future growth and changes.
businesswire | January 11, 2021
Protection business Pacific Prime has declared their most recent association with International Education Solutions (IES), a supplier of inventive answers for global schools in the Asia Pacific district.
Pacific Prime has given inclusion to more than 250 worldwide schools and instructive foundations internationally, acquiring specific ability in the area and an inside and out information on its danger scene.
Neil Raymond, CEO and Founder of Pacific Prime, says: “Schools face a growing number of challenges in today’s post-pandemic world, which makes school risk management and insurance solutions a must. As such, we are very excited about working closely with IES and reaching a wider network of schools through them, as well as sharing our best practices.”
Richard Gaskell, CEO and Co-Founder at IES, says: “IES came about through our re-imagining of what international education looks like in the post-pandemic era. Education is not going to go back to the way it was before the pandemic, and we need to evolve our thinking to support schools and parents with a range of blended solutions. We are very proud to have Pacific Prime as our insurance partner.”
About Pacific Prime
Pacific Prime is an award-winning health insurance broker and employee benefits specialist. The brokerage has grown to acquire a global presence over the last two decades, offering best-value insurance products and services to its individual and corporate clients.
International Education Solutions (IES) is a provider of B2B and B2C solutions for international schools. IES is part of the Canadian International Education Organisation (CIEO) group, which operates schools in China, Hong Kong and Thailand that serve more than 20,000 students.