Reflections From COVID-19 on Inequality Through Education
9th June 2020 4:00pm Singapore Time
- The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique barriers to education, especially for girls in the rural areas of India. This session placed a spotlight on how the lack of social and physical mobility have further exacerbated issues of poverty and gender inequality and also has potential to degrade progress on eradicting child labour and early marriages.
- One of the positive consequences of the pandemic has been an increase in public-private partnerships, especially around education. Panelists reflected on an organic change in the attitudes of active sharing between state governments and a new openness from the government to foster partnerships.
- Looking ahead, the speakers pointed to technology as a key driver of equality in the education system. However, they were careful to emphasize the need for blended models that embrace technology while remembering the importance of face-to-face community.