2020 has been the year of rapid improvisation. Coronavirus hit us in unimaginable ways, we were not ready, and consequently, 2020 so far has been redlined. Yet to find the silver lining in the worst of the storms is the triumph of a man. In the midst of the crisis, online education has seen a humongous growth- enkindling the growth for e-Learning Solutions.
- In 186 countries, more than 1.2 billion students are currently out of the school.
- The educational outlook now looks like a striking image of remote learning ang digital education.
- The midst-coronavirus educational system might stay with us till 2021 and beyond.
Ensurity of social distancing and the ardent emphasis to oblige by the SOPs, the closure of educational institutions in 186 countries has forced out 1.2 billion students worldwide. The shift was undoubtedly very rapid, but in the post-coronavirus world, the online education system will persist. Despite the initial staggering technical difficulties and online protests against the shift, eLearning has now made a home in pupil’s life. We see students in Denmark in classrooms, however, an isolated case can not fairly justify the amount of students that say ‘Present!’ in their mics- China, Pakistan, United States, South Korea, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and many more countries are shaping the phenomenon of remote learning. It is too early to craft the image of schooling in the post-pandemic world yet we can surely theorize.
Opinion A: Education in 2020 demands our attention
In the modern context of ‘blessing in disguise’ notion, coronavirus has exposed that our so-called traditional educational system was not a system to begin with: it was a mere amalgamation of ancient antediluvian methodologies that students were forced to endure. Lecture-based classes that kill the notion of self-education, wretched institutional inequality and biases, and a tough fashionable schedule have no place in a technologically advanced world. In fact, coronavirus has been a catalyst in transforming the education system, something, we systematically failed to do so.
In Japan, the 5G technology was augmented to revitalize the ‘study anywhere and anytime’ concept to facilitate homeschooling. China, which has been frequently criticized over freedom of media, allowed the broadcast of educational programs to its 120 million students. Lebanese students indulged into physical education through video-enabled classes. Countries like Pakistan that are very rarely susceptible to systematic change were also quick to launch a live educational channel under its national TV, PTV.
Softwares and mobile applications that centralize the Learning Management System like Zoom, Google Classroom, Khan Academy, Canvas and Microsoft Team saw an amplifying growth in stocks and online engagement. Coronavirus did not just give the new yet well-deserved spotlight to the Learning Management System but it also bloomed the sales online.
Opinion B: Education during a global pandemic demands us to do better
The very basic nature of any governmental controlled entity is to explore their capabilities only when they are challenged or faced with an impasse. Today, we ask our world leaders to do better, we demand to understand how their sheer negligence drove the architects of the future into profound inequality of educational opportunity and let us tell you: the gravitas of community support by empowering the people around us has never been so integral.
The pandemic, today, has stipulated us to strengthen the private sectors and individuals that drive mankind with creativity and innovation. This unique kind of partnership between the owners of innovation and students will diversify the scope of educational opportunities by limiting the digital divide, especially in the Least Developed Countries. Democratizing the internet and resources like e-Books or the global access to applications like Zoom is the masterstroke to ameliorate digital ingress.
New tech savvy ideas based on the ease of use and wider approach are the solution towards the inaccessibility of education worldwide. To avert the crisis, new well-integrated start-up albeit simple are engaging with the student community worldwide. With the goal of mobilizing education with remarkable enhanced agility than conventional education, organizations like Minerva Project are partnering with leading educational institutions.
In fact, the educational sector is now more autonomous than ever- it is just not an governmental branch or a typical non-profit initiative. Education is to resonate with the world around us and that is why global corporations like Samsung, Microsoft, Alibaba and Google are competing for their share of imperative educational awakening.
Are there any opportunities for the edupreneurs during the global pandemic?
Absolutely. COVID-19 has fostered the impending Dawn of Justice, the very cynical yet extremely profitable crossover between economic recession and the rise in eCommerce. To make a successful startup is to recognize the loopholes in the pre-existing competitive edge. At EWIZ, we accentuate your educational platform with your advantage over the knowledge of locality. Global corporations capitalize on a holistic yet unspecified approach but we drive a certain and loyal audience for your business.
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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. There’s no doubt that coronavirus has collapsed the canvas of education, yet the acceptance is due. In the midst of the internal struggle that looms over us, our education sector must thrive and it must be designed with resilience. At eWizTech, we firmly believe that entrepreneurs who strive for sheer resilience for the maximum benefit of themselves and the community that they care about, are the real game changers of 2020.