YAO Jia (China), Undergraduate student, Beijing Normal University
YAO Jia pointed out three striking features of China's learning crisis: underutilization of technology, lack of qualified teachers and insufficient access to education. Furthermore, the global disruption to education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic constitutes the worst crisis on record. Those emerging challenges manifest the fact of the digital divide, which is the main factor of learning crisis.
Further, she shared some experiences from China during the covid-19 pandemic, including internet infrastructural construction, convenient learning tools and platforms and digital learning resources. Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, remarks at the Global Trade in Services Summit of the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services, "We need to respond to the trend of digitalization, networking and intelligence, and work together to bridge the 'digital divide." In addition, she delivered three successful examples of bridging the digital divide to tackle the learning crisis, including the national platform called smart education of China, the mixed-mode education initiative named "three classrooms", and the Teachers' IT Capacity Enhancement Training 2.0 version. Ultimately, she calls for turning the crisis into the opportunity to make an urgent systematic change in education and work towards building a community of shared futures.