The global pandemic of coronavirus has forced everyone into lockdown and maintaining social distancing. It has led to worldwide havoc consequently leading to major disruptions of industries and other sectors. One of the major sectors which have been hit hard by this outbreak is the education sector. The enforcement of safety measures has led to the shutdown of all educational institutions. This, in turn, has put on hold semesters, exams, assignments, and everything else. Many institutions have moved on to online teaching-learning platforms whereas many are still finding it difficult to adjust to the situation.
Platforms such as Zoom and Google Meet have become widely popular for the purpose of online classes as well. Similarly, students have been making use of courses from Coursera for learning purposes. As we know although things may be looking bleak but stalling everything isn’t quite going to help. Especially in the case of education, everything will be chaotic later on. Thus, it is important to find ways to continue the education process through other means. Yet, there is no clear strategy in place as of now.
Amidst these concerns, NxtGen organized a webinar on ‘COVID 19 Preparedness For Students’. The webinar had expert speakers from the field of academics, foreign education, business, ideation, and mental health. The event was held with a motive to address the current scenario and find measures to move forward keeping in mind all perspectives.
Switching From Traditional Educational Systems to Modern Digital Platforms?
Mr. Aryal, President at King’s College, said that our educational system lacked preparation for such circumstances. It had caught the system by surprise. He also mentioned that the educational institutions would be the last to open even after the lockdown ends due to health concerns. Therefore, he also suggested using online learning platforms and courses in a bid to continue the teaching-learning process.
Likewise, Er. Mahendra Raj Dhital, Assistant Dean of the Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, suggested conducting online sessions by making use of online platforms. He also said that only relying on the traditional education system will not work at times such as these.
Whereas, Binay Devkota, CEO of Clock B Business Innovations made it known that problems create opportunities for innovations. Therefore, this is the right time for entrepreneurs and businesses to come up with innovative ideas and solutions to make a surge in the market.
It was encouraging to see the topic of mental health also being discussed in this webinar. Dr. Ganga Pathak, Professor of Psychology at Tri- Chandra College and the Chief Psychologist at the National Institute of Psycho-Educational Counseling addressed the audience saying this was the time to make use of solitude to bring out productivity and creativity.
All in all, the event was successfully conducted by the team at NxtGen. The event held on Google Meet which brought together an informative discussion on the concerned topics. The event provided insights on how the current situation is hampering the flow of education as well as how to move forward.