The Delphi Economic Forum, held from April 10-12, provided a platform for crucial discussions on global education. Dr. Peggy Pelonis, President of ACS Athens, shared profound insights into the pressing challenges facing education systems worldwide as she participated on the panel titled Investing in our Future: Lessons from Pisa for Addressing the Human Capital and Learning Crisis.

The panel, which included prominent figures in education, delved into the disappointing PISA results between 2018 and 2022. Dr. Pelonis' contributions shed light on key takeaways, emphasizing the need for inclusive learning environments, tailored support for students' mental health, and a student-centered approach to teaching. This article explores Dr. Pelonis' recommendations for transforming education to address these critical issues and unlock the full potential of every student.

The panel, moderated by Monique El Faizy, included notable figures such as Nuno Crato, Jean-Michel Blanquer, Aigly Zafeirakou, and Sonia Rawat. The discussion centered on the poor PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) results between 2018 and 2022, particularly in math and reading.

Dr. Pelonis highlighted the urgency of addressing the "why" and "how” of these educational challenges. She emphasized creating inclusive learning environments where all children feel a sense of belonging. In her view, schools serve as microcosms of the world, requiring adaptation to the rapidly changing technological landscape and the growing mental health crisis among students.

"I think I will start by saying that schools are microcosms of the world, and we all need to create an opportunity for all children to belong," remarked Dr. Pelonis. She stressed the importance of revamping educational methodologies to cater to diverse learning needs, including those with learning differences or advanced abilities. Furthermore, she advocated for prioritizing mental health support for students, addressing issues such as anxiety and depression.

When questioned about the necessity of structured learning, Dr. Pelonis reiterated the importance of being student-centered. She emphasized the need for educators to understand each individual's background and needs to teach them effectively.

"We have to understand each individual’s needs and where kids are coming from to be able to teach them effectively," Dr. Pelonis emphasized. She expressed concerns about stifling creativity and hope among students, emphasizing the importance of fostering a sense of belonging and community engagement to inspire hope for the future.

In conclusion, Dr. Pelonis urged for a holistic approach to education that combines fundamental knowledge with real-life application and individualized support for students. Her insights shed light on the complex challenges facing education systems worldwide and underscored the importance of collaborative efforts to address them.

Dr. Peggy Pelonis's contributions to the panel discussion at the Delphi Economic Forum serve as a call to action for reimagining education in a rapidly changing world where the well-being and potential of every student are paramount.