Virtual conference focusses on education during pandemic

Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman in his capacity as the Chairman of Brunei Darussalam’s National Commission for the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ICESCO) attended the Virtual Extraordinary Conference of Education Ministers on Education Systems in the Face of Crises and Emergencies (COVID-19) on Thursday.

According to a press statement, the virtual conference saw ICESCO member states sharing details and information that include: successful efforts and lessons from their current experiences to guarantee education is practisable during the pandemic crisis; preparation of member states to ensure safe return to schools during the pandemic crisis; role of Artificial Intelligence in developing education system; and unveiling of ICESCO’s Comprehensive Humanitarian Coalition initiative and ways to support educational system. The conference ended with a dialogue session.

The virtual conference was organised by ICESCO based in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco and was attended by ministers, deputy ministers and senior officials from over 54 member states and representatives of international organisations and observers.

Among the objectives of the virtual conference are to coordinate member states’ efforts and drawing lessons from their current experiences to guarantee the right to education, propose the most adequate mechanisms that technology and artificial intelligence provide to ensure the right to education, and consolidate the analysis of the current educational situation in the Islamic world.

Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education (MoE) Dr Haji Azman bin Ahmad and Head of International Affairs Unit at the MoE Walter Chong Meng Siong were also present during the virtual conference.

Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman at the virtual conference. PHOTO: MOE