Learning science and learning design along with the advancement of educational technologies have been a significant catalyst to the development of higher education in a way that it brings positive change to the entire educational infrastructure. Learning science has also been an important contributory factor in how institutions of higher education adapt and change to newer educational technologies and lead to more value generation for students seeking to further their academic as well as professional competencies. However, for Afghanistan, the problem in learning science and the development of higher education change are unique.
Learning Science to develop higher education training programmes in Afghanistan
The practical scenario for higher education in Afghanistan is such that most of the academicians and scholars of Afghanistan have resorted to acquiring their degrees from foreign institutions in the former Soviet Union. As a result, they have been largely disconnected from the educational developments of the modern world and therefore lack the technical skills and knowledge to be able to develop curriculum’s for universities in Afghanistan. Specific strategies of learning science if adopted by the Afghanistan Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (AEAA) can enable modernization of the existing training programmes of higher education within the country. Furthermore, learning science can also be used to drive change in educational institutions by providing appropriate training to teachers and faculty. Tie-ups and collaborations with more advanced foreign universities can also facilitate the development of learning science in Afghanistan.
Impact of Covid-19 in the process of higher education change
Since developing nations like Afghanistan have been severalty hit by the economic recession brought on by the global health crisis, higher educational infrastructure that was already in its infancy has been thrashed to ruins. Lack of availability of internet connection in most of the suburban and rural areas of Afghanistan has resulted in discontinuation of schooling and college among millions of students who are not able to avail the opportunities of online classes. In such a circumstance, the importance of learning science to drive educational change becomes even more significant for Afghanistan, but innovative amendments to the curriculum’s like the incorporation of technical skills have been seriously hindered by the lack of existing technological infrastructure.
Seeking better opportunities for higher education
With the cessation of educational development in Afghanistan, most of its eligible academic candidates have once again reverted to seeking higher education from foreign countries, but this time at more affordable rates. The pandemic has led to a serious financial crunch amidst several Afghani families and the renowned universities of India like Sharda University pose as an attractive opportunity for such students to pursue their goals and ambitions without the additional burden of debts. Moreover, the highly meritorious and scholastic bunch of Afghani students have the additional facility of availing scholarships from Sharda University under their global scholarship scheme. Learning science and expert educational curriculum design has resulted in a closely-knit and well-structured pattern of study at Sharda University, which empowers Afghani students to become leaders of the future.