Formal education systems around the world have gone through many transition phases with the changing industrial and technological ecosystems. Twenty first century has given new dimensions to education at all levels and the parameters of quality in education have changed overtime. Developing countries in this digital era have the opportunity to connect with the developed world and move ahead at a better pace. The first step in this direction is to develop vision and mission as well as to identify the paths for quality enhancement yet not compromising on local and global relevance. Educational researchers and practitioners of all  forms and levels, need to explore the current status, assess the future needs, identify the gaps and plan accordingly to ensure relevance and quality in education. Sustainable Development Goal -04 focuses largely on quality education for all. According to the report on SDG-4 in 2019:
Despite the considerable progress on education access and participation over the past years, 262 million children and youth aged 6 to 17 were still out of school in 2017, and more than half of children and adolescents are not meeting minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. Rapid technological changes present opportunities and challenges, but the learning environment, the capacities of teachers and the quality of education have not kept pace.
It is to be ensured that we are maintaining sustainable educational systems and strengthening them for the coming generations.
Faculty of Education at Allama Iqbal Open University in the past has organized four International Conferences on Research and Practices in Education (ICRPE); related to the themes of social impact of education. Now at the fifth conference the theme of ‘Relevance and quality in education’ shall be unpacked and explored in depth at all levels and forms. The conference shall provide a platform for researchers and practitioner to share evidence based findings and results of various interventions.  The conference shall help in extending proposal of collaborative efforts of policy makers, institutional leadership, industry and local community, for maintaining relevance and enhancing quality of education.
Objectives:
The major objectives of the conference are to:

  1. Bring together the eminent researchers and practitioners to share their work
  2. Highlight the indicators of relevance and quality in education.
  3. Explore the way forward for implementing the improvements suggested by the scholars and practitioners

Sub themes of the conference:

    • Policy Planning and Implementation
    • Investment and financing of education
    • Physical Infrastructures and Physical Resources
    • Curriculum planning and development
    • Instructional Designing and Strategies
    • Learning materials and learning experiences
    • Teacher preparation and professional development
    • Inclusive education
    • Child Safety and security at educational institutions
    • Campus/workplace health and hygiene
    • Sports and Physical Education
    • Use of ICT and e-learning
    • Modes and methods of ODL
    • Challenges of Quality at various Levels (Early, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education)
    • Education for Science and Technology
    • Technical Vocational and Professional Education
    • Lifelong learning and Continuous Education
    • Literacy and Non-formal education
    • Community and parents participation
    • Educational Leadership and Management
    • Program Evaluation
    • Academic Assessment
    • Research and Publication Practices
    • Socio-cultural relevance of education
    • Economic relevance of education
    • Local and global relevance
    • Social responsibility and responsiveness
      • Peace Education
      • Gender Parity
      • Environment Education
      • Health Education
      • Civic Education
      • Global citizenship

    PRESENTATION MODES

    Oral Paper with Multimedia Presentation
    1-2 presenters will be given 15 minutes to present in the parallel sessions

    Round Table Discussion
    1-2 presenters will be given 5-7 minutes to discuss in the round table session

    Panel Discussions
    3-5 presenters will have one submission and present together in 30 minutes

    Projects Exhibition
    Models and project outcomes will be exhibited during the conference. Specific hours will be mentioned in the program

    Documentary Films

    Short Documentary Films can be presented 5-10 minutes with 15 minutes discussion time

    Poster Presentation
    Posters / Standies will be exhibited during the conference. Specific hours will be mentioned in the program