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IOE signs International Network of Educational Institutes statement on the coronavirus pandemic

11 August 2020

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has signed an International Network of Educational Institutes (INEI) statement on the global coronavirus pandemic.

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The statement reiterates our commitment to nurturing and supporting individuals and groups in the development of their social, physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing through processes of inclusive and responsive teaching and learning.

The IOE is one of eleven organisations that comprise the INEI, with all signing the INEI statement.

The statement acknowledges that during the pandemic many primary and secondary schools, colleges, and universities have suspended regular classes and have moved to teaching remotely or, where internet access or technological infrastructure are lacking, not teaching at all, and in many regions economic activity has dropped to critically low levels.

It also stresses that education is more necessary than ever in pandemic times, not only because our physical and social wellbeing relies on a comprehensive understanding of our situation, but because the post-pandemic world is bound to be one in which the education of present and future generations will need to be enacted differently.

The signatories commit, as educators, to undertaking the necessary intellectual and practical research work that must continue for the purposes of knowledge production and human development in a post-pandemic world.

The statement ends by issuing a united call for all policy makers, higher education institutions, and interested parties to collaborate and connect and, in so doing, bring together our common interests in forging a new and positive means of meeting this crisis and creating a better future for all.

The signatories include:

  • UCL Institute of Education
  • School of Education, University of Melbourne
  • School of Education, University of São Paulo
  • Ontario Institute in Studies of Education, University of Toronto
  • Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University
  • School of Education, Aarhus University
  • Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University
  • National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • School of Education, University of Cape Town
  • College of Education, Seoul National University
  • School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

As an international consortium of world-class educational institutions, INEI strives to advance research, policy and practice in education, and address educational issues locally and globally.

Read the full statement