News Desk: Since March 2020, the entire world has been fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, along with other activities, our education system came to a standstill for some time. But in tandem with many developed countries, we have also started an online education system to deal with this situation, which has brought many changes to our traditional education system. In this regard, a2i, Lead Academy, and YSSE organized a two-hour town hall meeting named Reimagining Education for Vision 2041 with international speakers, educators, and government policymakers on various aspects of the current education system, including the impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution, student perspectives, and job opportunities.
This excellent program was started by playing the National anthem of Bangladesh. At the meeting, the CPA Communication Advisor of the a2i Program, Ashfaq Zaman, gave his speech on Vision 2041. He focuses on how the education sector can be reformed by prioritizing the youths' opinions.
CEO and founder of Interactive Cares, Rare Al Samir, said that a bridge should be created between our academic and industry education. But unfortunately, many are unemployed even after graduation due to the lack of connection between the two. So, he suggested the young people look over this fact.
Then, the chief marketing officer of ROOTs Edu, Mr. Shakibul Hakim, gave his opinion on how the app system online learning can solve the network problem that most rural areas students face. Lastly, he appealed to the government to take appropriate steps to solve the problem of this network.
Shadman Majid, Chief Executive Officer of Sohopathi, said that adequate training should be provided to the teachers on online classes. So, they can make online classes more exciting and interactive, even if it is recorded.
At this point, there was a segment for the students to reflect their point of view, where they reported their various problems. And here again, the issue of network problems came up once again. One of the problems they cite is that many in rural areas can't purchase devices for online classes. So, the student drew the attention of the policymakers to what steps could be taken in that case. One of them asked if it was possible to establish a separate organization for e-learning and when it would be possible.
After the students' view section, Abdul Hannan Chowdhury, Dean, and Professor, School of Business and Economics (SBE), North South University, spoke on the future of education in the context of Bangladesh. According to him, to fulfill the vision of 2041, the education sector has to be improved where online education plays a significant role. Since most of the people in Bangladesh belong to the poverty line, they can't keep pace with the times by buying technological devices so fast. Therefore, he thinks that to fulfill the vision of 2041 and to take the online education system forward, first of all, we have to work on eradicating poverty.
Later, Mr. Sadaf Taimur, a doctoral researcher at the University of Tokyo and Japan chairperson of the Youth General Assembly, discussed the impact of online education on the 4th industrial revolution. She urges students to be independent learners and learn how to filter information through critical thinking. At the meeting, Mr. Ashish Thakur, Executive Director of Glocal Pvt. Ltd., spoke. He mainly talked about the Innovative of Digital Education and remote learning. He focused on the connectivity, experience, relativity, and efficiency of the learning system.
Then, the possibilities of blended learning in Bangladesh were discussed by associate professor and attached officer of a2i Mohammad Kabir Hossain. At the meeting, he also said how they plan to work with the blended education system through online integration with the traditional education system. Mohammad Tareque Rahman, Ph.D., The Director of CETL and Associate Professor of the General Education Department (GED) talked about the importance of a refined role in the classroom and setting goals besides blended learning.
Afterward, the head of Social Innovation Cluster a2i - Aspire to Innovate, Mr. Manik Mahmud, talked about Digital Education and Citizen Participation in Bangladesh.
The CPA Communication Advisor of a2i Program, Ashfaq Zaman, then, shared his opinion on market-ready interventions to address the skills gap. He emphasized the importance of developing industry-oriented courses and urged the government policymakers to take steps to ensure that the certificates obtained from online courses are evaluated.
The digital media partner for the entire event was CNI, the English media partner was The Business Standard, the youth engagement partner was TBs Graduates, and the radio partner was Dhaka 90.4 FM.