ISTANBUL —International efforts were needed to meet the “huge challenges” facing global educational systems as they strained to adapt to distanced learning while accommodating children with special needs, Saudi Arabia’s education minister said at the Group of 20 Summit meeting in Riyadh Sunday.
His comments kicked off the second day of a summit that is being held virtually and has been dominated by discussions about the pandemic and its disastrous fallout.
“No one expected that 1.6 billion students will be outside of schools,” said Hamed el-Sheikh. “No education system in the world had expected that they will face a prolonged time where students are staying at home in lockdowns.”
Leaders attending the summit represent nations