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BRICS Education Ministers' Meeting July 6, 2021, India

On July 6, 2021, India hosted the 8th Meeting of BRICS Education Ministers. This meeting was a significant event under India’s chairship of BRICS in 2021, reflecting the group’s commitment to enhancing educational cooperation among its member states: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

Key Highlights

1. Declaration Signing: The education ministers signed a comprehensive declaration aimed at fostering collaboration in various educational fields. This declaration underscored the importance of mutual prosperity and development through educational cooperation.

2. Thematic Areas: The declaration identified eight thematic areas as priorities for education and training among BRICS nations. These areas included:

  • Higher education
  • Vocational training
  • Use of digital tools in education

These thematic areas were chosen to address the evolving educational needs and to leverage the strengths of each member country.

3. BRICS Network University and TVET Cooperation Alliance: Parallel to the main meeting, there were significant discussions within the BRICS Network University and the BRICS Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Cooperation Alliance. These meetings resulted in declarations where member states committed to working together on matters of mutual interest. The objective was to deepen cooperation and exchanges to improve the responsiveness and relevance of education and training in the current global context.

4. Focus on Digital Education: Given the global shift towards digital learning, the meeting placed a strong emphasis on the use of digital tools in education. This focus was particularly relevant in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had accelerated the adoption of digital learning platforms worldwide.

5. Mutual Respect and Understanding: The discussions and agreements during the meeting were premised on a shared vision of mutual respect and understanding. This vision was seen as crucial for fostering a collaborative environment where educational initiatives could thrive.

The 8th Meeting of BRICS Education Ministers held on July 6, 2021, in India, was a pivotal event that highlighted the collective commitment of BRICS nations to enhance educational cooperation. The signing of the declaration and the focus on thematic areas such as higher education, vocational training, and digital tools in education underscored the group’s dedication to mutual prosperity and development. The parallel meetings of the BRICS Network University and TVET Cooperation Alliance further reinforced the commitment to collaborative efforts in education and training.

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