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Don’t lose focus on education’s purpose & goal: Sheikha Hind

Don’t lose focus on education’s purpose & goal: Sheikha Hind

Ailyn Agonia
DOHA
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted education across the world, while it has also led to important realisations, including the need to go back to the core of the importance and purpose of education, HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Qatar Foundation Vice-Chairperson and CEO, has said.
Speaking at a global panel discussion organised by Qatar Foundation (QF) as part of its contribution to the 2020 Global Goals Week on Wednesday, Sheikha Hind described the disruption in education as now being “a way of life”.
“We talk about access to technology, but it is just a tool – it doesn’t really look at whether our children are learning or not, or how it will help them prosper in the world. We have to go back to what we are teaching our children, and for what purpose. Why don’t we invest our time in a long-term fix rather than a short-term one? It’s not that technology is irrelevant, or that we shouldn’t provide more technology or more internet networks for communities that need them, but let’s not lose our focus on the true purpose of education and what its true goal should be,” said Sheikha Hind.