As Singapore and the global community embark upon our journey to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the future of education is a major concern. The education sector, for both the young and working adults, was one of the hardest hit during the pandemic, with schools and training centres shutting down and classes turning to online e-learning. Cross-border collaboration between schools, cultural exchanges and education tours were disrupted.
The ESS, together with our strategic partners and volunteers, shall embark on the exciting challenge of encouraging all teachers and learners to reimagine education. The ESS shall endeavor to provide them with access to knowledge, and Edtech to facilitate social and relational processes so important to education.
The pandemic has further exacerbated the digital divide. The closure of schools favored those with the means to access learning from home, and disadvantaged those who are unable to afford such access. Special needs and physically disabled persons often find it hard to catch up as education technologies accelerated. In the new norm, ESS shall further endeavor to research, seek, and negotiate for strategic partnerships with governments, for profit and non-profit organizations to support the least, the last and the lost.