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7th BRICS education ministers meeting virtualy hosted by Russia on October 21, 2020

The 7th BRICS Education Ministers’ Meeting was held virtually on October 21, 2020. This meeting brought together education ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa to discuss and enhance cooperation in the field of education among the BRICS nations.

Key Points Discussed

1. Educational Cooperation:
– The ministers emphasized the importance of strengthening educational cooperation among BRICS countries. This included sharing best practices, promoting student and faculty exchanges, and enhancing research collaboration. The goal was to create a more integrated educational framework that could benefit all member nations.

2. Digital Education:
– Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a significant focus on digital education. The ministers discussed strategies to improve digital infrastructure and online learning platforms to ensure continuity of education during such crises. This included leveraging technology to bridge the gap caused by the pandemic and ensuring that students could continue their education without interruption.

3. Inclusive Education:
– The meeting also highlighted the need for inclusive education policies that cater to all sections of society, ensuring that no student is left behind due to socio-economic barriers. The ministers discussed various approaches to make education more accessible and equitable, particularly for marginalized communities.

4. Quality Assurance:
– Ensuring the quality of education was another critical topic. The ministers discussed mechanisms for quality assurance and accreditation to maintain high educational standards across BRICS nations. This included setting up common frameworks and standards that could be adopted by all member countries to ensure consistency and excellence in education.

5. Research and Innovation:
– The ministers also focused on enhancing research and innovation within the BRICS nations. They discussed ways to foster collaborative research projects, share resources, and support innovation in various fields of study. This was seen as a way to not only improve educational outcomes but also to drive economic and social development within the member countries.

6. Teacher Training and Development:
– Another important area of discussion was the training and development of teachers. The ministers recognized the need for continuous professional development for educators to ensure they are equipped with the latest teaching methodologies and technologies. This included setting up exchange programs and workshops to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and skills among teachers from different BRICS countries.

The meeting underscored the collective commitment of BRICS countries to work together in addressing educational challenges and leveraging opportunities for mutual benefit. The discussions and agreements reached during the meeting aimed to create a more cohesive and collaborative educational environment among the BRICS nations, ultimately contributing to the overall development and progress of these countries.

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