Education Working Group meeting scheduled from 26th to 29th April 2023 began in Odisha’s capital Bhubaneswar today. On the first day, the meeting saw deliberations on the issue of skill development for lifelong learning in the future of work. It was organized at CSIR Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology in collaboration with NSDC. Minister of State for Education Dr. Subhash Sarkar also addressed the program. The meeting witnessed participation from G20 member States, guest countries, OECD, UNESCO, and UNICEF.
On the first day, 3 sessions were conducted under the chairmanship of Atul Kumar Tiwari, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. The first session was on ‘Building an Agile Response to the Needs of Labor Markets and Institutional Capacity Building in the Context of the Future of Work: Enabling High-Quality Technical and Vocational Education’. This session discussed strategies to strengthen human and institutional capacity to provide skills expected in the future, revamping training and curriculum framework for technical and vocational education, integrating vocational courses into educational offerings, and introducing technology-based innovations into the classrooms Issues such as developing strategies to bridge the skill gap.
The second session of the meeting was on ‘Creating a bridge between higher and professional. During this session issues such as strategies to promote industry-academia linkages, strategies to enhance the employability of graduates, and establish parity of qualifications were raised. The third and final session discussed the topic of ‘Equipping children with the skills of the future to set them on a lifelong learning course’. The G20 Education Working Group aims to find solutions to issues related to the ‘future of work.’
On the sidelines of the meeting, a special exhibition was organized in Bhubaneswar before the third session. The exhibition was organized on the theme ‘Future of Work.’
This exhibition will be open to the general public from April 27 and 28. Earlier, the second meeting of the
G-20 Education Working Group was held in Amritsar, while the first meeting was held in Chennai earlier this year.