In the interest of keeping pace with global developments in the field of education, the Department of General Education held a workshop entitled “Education Strategies in Times of Crisis” on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. This workshop aimed to clarify the most important strategies used globally, especially the new ones, considering the COVID-19 pandemic, to address the problems that resulted from the closure of schools and universities and the suspension of the educational process in whole or in part.
The workshop themes were divided into three main axes, which were educational loss, the skills that should be possessed by the teaching staff, as well as the steps to build an effective classroom environment for students.
The head of the department, Dr. Ahmed Abdel Aoun spoke in the axis of Educational Loss and the extent of importance of considering it and the extent of the participation of international organizations including UNESCO to address the problems that have arisen, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. Moreover, the suspension of education around the world, and the stage of recovery from education disruption, as well as the most important solutions provided globally to reduce educational loss because of its great impacts on societies socially and economically, and in particular sustainable human development were discussed.
In the second part, the Lecturer at the Department of General Education, Dr. Azad Nayyef Mustafa, dealt with the most important skills that teachers should possess to ensure the process of continuous learning, especially in the field of learning and e-learning in light of the repercussions of the crisis as a Covid-19 crisis-19.
In the third and last part, the Asst. Lect. Dashne Abdullah Saeed at the Department of General Education offered a detailed explanation of how to hold the classroom environment virtually and how to motivate students and create motivation for them to ask questions and express their ideas and opinions. She also emphasized the importance of involving students in discussion and maintaining communication between the teacher and the students by applying internationally approved e-learning methods.
At the end, a discussion was opened up for the participants. There were valuable contributions from the audience that enriched the topic. Their questions and inquiries were answered by the presenters. It is worth noting that the workshop lasted for 3 hours.