Even as developing countries catch up on digital learning, the good old physical textbook should have a key role.
Shanti Jagannathan has over 25 years of experience with reforms and transformation in school education, technical and vocational education and training and higher education in Asia. She has led policy research studies on skills for greening economies, Asia’s knowledge-based economies, and implications of industry 4.0 on education and training. Her recent work includes a guidance note on Education and COVID-19 in Asia and the Pacific, designing and judging hackathons for digital reskilling and upskilling for displaced workers and digital platforms for education and co-edited volume on powering a learning society during an age of disruption. She works on education sector policies and provides technical advice to ADB’s lending and knowledge partnerships for education. She has over a dozen publications from her work in ADB, including three books with Springer and special issues of the Journals ‘Prospects’ and ‘International Journal of Training Research.’ She is currently Principal Education Specialist at ADB.
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Analysts have long argued that the services will help take Asian emerging economies further up the value chain in global markets, but first we need an altogether different lens to look at the sector.
Companies deploying Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, and investing in reskilling and upskilling for digital occupations, are likely to recover faster from the impact of the pandemic.
Closed borders and health concerns halted international student mobility in 2020, but students are expected to return. Education policy makers need to be ready for a new type of international student that wants both physical and digital learning opportunities.
A technology that has circled the world, connected up millions and impacted upon developed and developing countries is mobile telephony. The mobile phone has revolutionized the way we communicate, do business and access products and services.
How is Nepal getting its education back on track after the deadly earthquake? The government has decided the best way forward is to deploy 15,000 transitional learning centers to re-start the education process immediately.