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Hope for Educational Inequality amidst the rampant Globalization


The world came to the halt during the Covid-19 pandemic and that is when people truly understood the importance of Globalization. The world is more inter-connected then ever and the impact in one country does impact others. For instance, the war between Russia and Ukraine is a current example.


The Labour markets are undergoing major changes. Automation is affecting workers in routine occupations, and as the application of digital technologies and artificial intelligence expand, it will have a similar impact on non-routine jobs.


A research also suggests that the world will be more equal by 2030 as it is now or compared to the past. The Gini index for the whole world falls 3.2 percentage points, from 65.8 in 2012 to 62.6 in 2030.


By investing in education, countries have given younger generations more years of schooling. In 1960, a young worker born in a developing country had spent one more year at school than an older worker. By 1990, the education gap between the young and the old was three years in South Asia and close to four years in Latin America, the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. In the Middle East and North Africa it was almost six years, more than a full cycle of secondary education. With a few exceptions, the gap increased until 2010.


How it is a hope for conflict prone countries?

While the global inequality is expected to go down by 2030 - there is no guarantee that it will also reduce the educational inequality in the conflicted regions, however, with the progress of technology and artificial intelligence - it is expected that the education in these affected areas can improve. A lot of projects related to AI are already in pilot testing, if successful - they will be soon available for mass testing.

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Really good blog with lots of quantitative insight. I would like to bring further insight into the aspect of how globalisation actually allows states to find creative solutions around these problems, but that they aren't taken up as vigorously. So while conflict in one region now affects the whole world at some level, there's also the question of how international collaboration actually has the ability to foster innovative solution-making. And while your point regarding technology is pretty much accurate, policy-making challenges can also be better solved through such collaborative efforts. And not only that, the solutions that are collectively framed have a better ability to make their way through the mainstream policy-implementation avenues, such as states. While such pressures have…

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Some good points. About your point on pilot testing projects, a few notable experiments are project loom and the internet balloons by google. If everything is executed well, technology can prove to be an excellent strategy for education in conflict hit regions. Especially when going to schools is not an option at all. With that said,,teaching in online setting could be considered the future. as well, as a full-fledge substitute for in-class learning.


Furthermore, even when schools are accessible post conflicts, parents still fear sending their kids to school. In situations like these, leveraging technology might be an option that could be potentially explored.


However, one concern is that what if the internet infrastructure is destroyed during conflicts. Can something…


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Yes, I would like to quote an example here from class that sir mentioned " there are contracts between ISP and rebel groups / governments. Such contracts can be made mandatory.

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Yes, the advent of technology will open up newer branches of education for the upcoming youth but how do you think it'll impact the existing educational ventures as well as those occupations based on old modules of education? for those individuals who will fin themselves without vocation a a consequence of this growth, will they be able to reincorporate themselves into the new stream of development? what educational solutions are being created for them?

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i think following up on them is essential. There should be time to time mentorship sessions that make them understand the importance of using education and skill

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