UNESCO Virtual Meeting
Ad-Hoc Ministerial Group on the Educational Impact of COVID-19
H. E. Prof. M. Gholami, Minister of Science, Research and Technology, I. R. of Iran, joined the UNESCO first Virtual Meeting of the Ad-Hoc Ministerial Group on the Educational Impact of COVID-19, on Monday, 23 March 2020.
Prof. Gholami expressed his appreciation to UNESCO for its great efforts and involvements in providing such international opportunity and network between the member states and also thanked WHO for its great contribution in containing the current Covid-19 crisis.
He pointed out that the Covid-19 is a global challenge and so requires global solutions and all people in the world have, more or less, afflicted or will be affected by this pandemic Virus and its economic, social or educational impacts. Beyond this, Covid-19 could also bring some opportunities for more solidarity and collective actions by countries. Setting up alternative educational systems based on distance learning, innovation in teaching and learning as the equity of educational services.
Minister Gholami added that In Iran our main message to the students, teachers and professors is “Safe Learning, Hope, Help, But Not Fear".
He declared that people and government of Iran are now doing a heroic job in controlling and containing the Virus and affected people are getting remarkably reduced, receiving free COVID-19 test, free pharmaceuticals and treatments. Moreover, educated people in Iran play very crucial role in controlling the Virus and managing the crisis.
Minister Gholami described some containing actions and measures in the country as follow:
1) Some university tech-parks have been designated to produce sanitary products such as face masks and kinds of hygienic lotions for the people,
2) Iran National Institute for Genetic Engineering and Biotech (NIGEB) has been designated to continue its research more focusing on Covid-19 and related tests, and other research institutes of the country are closely collaborating with,
3) Educational and research methods and methodologies are shifted into online/offline e-learning. Fortunately, kinds of e-learning and virtual substructures are already available in the country,
4) About 1 million teachers have been trained for e-teaching and education in schools shifted into alternative remote educations such as through national TV Chanel of Education; all curriculum and educational courses are getting prepared, scheduled and already getting announced to the students,
5) Using social networks and associations to form a virtual classroom of teachers and students to continue educating the students.
6) A new triangle-model of education has been set up connecting teachers-students-families' together. The responsibility and involvements of the families are crucial to keep educational disciplines at home and to follow the subjects.
In the end, referring to Iran's huge scientific and research potentials and substructures, he announced Iran readiness to share any views and experiences on controlling and managing such international crisis.