As the Covid-19 vaccine rollout continues, one thing we must remember is the importance of global equality. We should be mindful that vaccines need to be accessible and affordable for all nations and all people if we are to recover together. We must also remember that in a post-pandemic world, equality needs to remain at the top of the international agenda.
The need for a global rollout of the coronavirus vaccine mirrors the ongoing need for equal opportunities around the world. In the same way that inequality in vaccine distribution will allow the virus to linger, inequality in other areas will continue to restrict the potential of people.
As someone who is engaged in business and education leadership, I’m a passionate believer in the power of learning as a way of creating equal opportunities. Offering a good education can help people to fulfil their potential no matter of their background or circumstances. In turn, a good education allows us to directly combat social inequalities and challenge discrimination.
Education is almost unique in being able to cross international borders and cultural divides. Learning is a universal language, and whether we’re from a developed nation or a developing country, learning has the same affect of allowing people to grow and develop, both personally and professionally.
It’s wonderful news that more vaccines are becoming available, but it’s important that no nation is left behind in the recovery process. It’s a lesson we can take on board and learn from in a post-pandemic world, where the economic recovery must also leave no nation behind.
Going forward, we must continue to prioritise global equality in all of our work, especially in the field of education. By giving students around the world a good education, we can bring nations together, and tackle more of the issues that affect us on a global scale.