Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the International Conference on Mathematics and Science Education in the Post COVID-19 Era: Global Issues Awareness

On 30 October 2023 at 09.00 hrs., Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visited to the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Khlong Toei, Bangkok to open the International Conference on Mathematics and Science Education in the Post COVID-19 Era: Global Issues Awareness. Organized by the Promotion of Academic Olympiad and Development of Science Education Foundation under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra (POSN) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education through the Office of the Permanent Secretary, the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC), and The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST), this conference was a celebration on the occasion of UNESCO’s recognition of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra as one of the Eminent Personalities of the World for her contributions to education, science and culture for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Her Royal Highness in 2023.

On this occasion, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn gave the keynote lecture on the topic “Sustainable Development of Mathematics and Science Education in the Post COVID-19 Era”. Her Royal Highness shared the experience on the impact of COVID-19 on children’s education, education in remote areas and online teaching as many sectors have joined together to make education possible. The importance of information technology was also included in the lecture as everyone in post COVID-19 era needs to learn and utilize technology in every aspect of their life and work.

Career skills in the COVID-19 era, which accelerate the linking of existing information, create the necessity of reskilling, upskilling, and learning new skills that can be apply to work in a rapidly changing situation and in line with new needs.

Fighting invisible germs is a lesson to be more careful with your life.

Higher education in the post COVID era needs brainstorming and adapting as education, for example, is not just about teaching knowledge but about being able to adapt to change. Her Royal Highness’ lecture was about inheriting the wishes of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra to let those who received the opportunity from the Royal duties to continue to give opportunities to others.

In addition, Her Royal Highness attended lectures from world-class scientists about research that uses knowledge of science and computer technology to design new medicines to treat diseases more precisely. The speakers also talked about the growing need of STEM workforce and how to prepare people for today’s technological world.

This conference provided an international platform for exchanging knowledge on science and mathematics education in the post COVID-19 era as education around the world has been affected by the pandemic. Despite efforts to find teaching methods to replace face-to-face learning, gaps in the quality of learning still occurred. As science and mathematics are the knowledge base for building the new generation to drive the future, this conference was therefore an important forum for academics and leading scientists to consider the global education problems and to find ways to further develop the quality of education after the COVID-19 pandemic together.

In this conference, an exhibition in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra was on display, and exhibitions on the three subthemes of the conference were included in three zones:

Zone 1 Talented Students: the impact of the pandemic on talented students in science and mathematics and the ways to solving the problems and promoting their learning to their full potential.

Zone 2 Inclusive Education: the solutions to the problems of inequality, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, that affect the uneven distribution of education, hinder students from effective learning, and result in a learning gap in the society.

Zone 3 Digital Transformation: the role of digital learning materials that alleviates teaching and learning difficulties during and after the pandemic