At a recent roundtable hosted at Expo 2020 Dubai, “A blueprint for a new social contract for education – towards human flourishing”, education experts and authors urged governments and education policymakers to be guided by science and evidence in designing education systems fit for the future.
Exploring the key findings and recommendations emerging from the International Science and evidence Based Education Assessment (ISEE) report by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), the speakers also highlight the importance of a cognitive-emotional approach to learning.
In addition, the ISEE also highlights the standardization of curricula, pedagogy, and learner assessments.
In focusing on a ‘one size fits all’ approach to education, the ISEE Assessment report points out a major flaw. Experts explain that a key step to reimagining education for human flourishing is to acknowledge that every learner learns differently and therefore personalized should be recognized as a human right.
A key policy recommendation suggested by the ISEE Assessment is to initiate periodic universal screening to identify each learner’s strengths and weaknesses and then find interventions to nurture the strengths and minimize the weaknesses.