Education Ministers of G 20 nations have resolved to work together and share best practices in the area of education so that member countries can ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, even in times of crises.
A virtual meeting of G20 Education Ministers was hosted on Saturday (5th September) by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to discuss and share experiences of member countries in the three identified areas of Education Continuity in Times of Crises, Early Childhood Education and Internationalization in Education. The meeting was the culmination of ongoing discussions on these themes, conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an official release issued today said.
The G20 member nations include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union (EU).
Representing India, Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal said that these themes are also priority areas that the Government of India has been pursuing. India’s commitment for these themes is reflected in the new National Education Policy 2020 that seeks to bring in transformational changes in the education landscape of the country. He said India will continue the efforts it has taken to reform and transform its education system and mitigate the challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. He also said India is committed to collaborating with G 20 member countries in the area of education.
The Education Ministers adopted a communique at the end of the meeting expressing the resolve to encourage internationalization in education by sharing of best practices in education and the adaptation of such practices at the local, national, and international levels, as appropriate.