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Emphasizing education technology for the world economy: India and the G20
The India G20 summit has ushered in a new era of cooperation and commitment between India and the G20, driving progress in key areas of development such as infrastructure, trade, entrepreneurship, and education. This technology-driven summit focused on the role of technology in enhancing economies provides a tremendous opportunity to leap ahead together in these vital areas.

by Shiksha Patel / 03 Apr 2023 14:01 PM IST / 0 Comment(s) / 631

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The G20 presidency gives India a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to leave its mark on the global education agenda.

"Global policymakers and leaders recognized that international cooperation was required to achieve an ideal society where every child can access which every child has a quality, affordable education.The United Nations Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) were established in 2000 as part of the UN Millenium Declaration. These objectives were refined further in 2015 as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While MDG 2 aimed to ensure that all children, regardless of parental income, enrolled in and completed primary school, SDG 4 focused on ensuring an equitable and inclusive educational system and promoting opportunities for continuous learning for all. This is where the recent rise of technology in education (ed-tech) comes into play.

The practice of incorporating various ICT tools and techniques into teaching pedagogy to learn and study more interactive and engaging is referred to as ed-tech. Another main benefit of tech is the ability to provide personalized learning. The teaching pace and content can be tailored to each student's learning journey. An example of such learning is that provided by tech companies such as BYJU'S and others, for which teenagers can learn at their own pace using interactive visuals on their learning app.

The G20 has also prioritized inclusive and equitable education. The G20 is one of the most influential countries for international development cooperation, representing two-thirds of the world's population, 85% of global GDP, and 75% of global trade. It assumes greater significance in terms of education and ed-tech due to the fact it represents a diverse group of countries at various stages of educational and economic development. Thus, with an emphasis on inclusive education, particularly as India assumes the G20 Presidency, India can demonstrate its achievements and progress in digital education and ed-tech and only demonstrate its achievements and progress in digital education and ed-tech, but also assist other developing member countries in achieving it through the use of technology in education.

The G20 Education Ministers' Meeting is one of the ministerial gatherings planned in the run-up to the G20 Leaders' Summit. It offers member countries a unique opportunity to collaborate and raise public awareness about several shared challenges, such as making investments in quality preschool instruction, promoting equal opportunity in school, addressing the gender divide, and so on.

Aside from the G20 Ministerial level meeting, the Argentine presidency established an Education Working Group (EdWG) in 2018 to help strengthen academic achievement and equitable access thru all the technological tools, advancements, universal good schools, financing, education partnerships, and international cooperation. It also sought to collaborate with other G20 working groups to address cross-sector issues such as employment, learning skills, school-to-work transition, etc. As part of India's G20 presidency, the EdWG will hold seminars in collaboration with organizations such as NCERT, NSDC, and UNESCO on the role of digital technology in education and Higher vocational (Conceptual and Vocational Education and Training), as well as the future of work.

PM Shri Narendra Modi, as well as Union Minister for Education, has emphasized the significance of the G20 as an opportunity for India to demonstrate its ed-tech leadership and showcase the advances made in digital education. During the Summit, India plans to highlight the work done there under the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020, which recognizes the importance of technology in improving academic achievement and presenting a new educational template to the world—one that can serve as a global model for advanced markets.

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