Covid-19, Challenges and Opportunities of Global Educational Systems

Document Type : Letter to the Editor

Author

Student Research Committee, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.

Abstract

Dear Editor-in-Chief,
     The Covid-19 pandemic is the biggest challenge facing global education systems so far. It is evident that the phenomenon of the Covid-19 pandemic is a major crisis in global health and has led to fundamental changes in human behavior on a large scale (1, 2). In this regard, the education sector has been one of the most vulnerable sectors (3, 4). To deal with the consequences of the closure of educational centers and the cessation of educational processes, learners and teachers were forced to use various forms of online education (5-7). With the onset of the Covid-19 crisis, many countries have closed their schools and higher education institutions to allow nearly half a billion students to continue their education remotely. Moreover, the continuation of this process and the subsequent challenges draw an unknown prospect for the global education system (8). The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) estimates that 89% of students are now facing school closures worldwide, which will have profound impacts on the future of the education system of Iran (7). In addition to the closure of university classrooms, exams, conferences and other public events have been canceled, leaving the next academic year and the admission of new students to universities in a state of ambiguity.

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