Across the globe, governments and school authorities struggle with the dilemma of whether or not schools should reopen. The pandemic has forced them to weigh the uncertainties of new spikes of the coronavirus versus the risk of children only receiving virtual education without the school environment and all the social and emotional learning that it brings. Or in many more cases, poor children not being able to be educated at all. It goes without saying that the pandemic has led to a true educational crisis and an alarming increase in educational inequalities.
How can we turn this chaos into an opportunity to reconstruct educational systems across the world? How can we equip children with key skills necessary for this time and age, such as curiosity, interest in and respect for others, critical thinking, gender sensitivity, understanding and appreciation of science, and media literacy?
What would we like these systems to look like if we want to build a more peaceful world for tomorrow? What steps could or would we have to take to bring about these changes?
In this Virtual Peace Table, changemakers will discuss how we can build the world we want to see. They will dive into local to global challenges, initiatives and methods for change to not only respond to crises, but to exploit them for good. This roundtable will help us see what a reimagined education system looks like if we put social cohesion, imagination and critical thinking at its core.
Moderator: Lucy Nusseibeh - Middle East Nonviolence Democracy Network (Palestine)
- Charlotte Cole - the Blue Butterfly Collaborative
- Tony Jenkins - Georgetown University
- Rachel Walsh Taza - Search for Common Ground
- Jennifer Batton - Ohio Peace and Conflict Studies Network & Cleveland State University