How can existing infrastructures be used to support education in low tech and low resource environments in light of the pandemic?
At present, having a computer and an internet connection can be the difference between learning and not learning. Around the world, over 1.5 billion children are currently affected by the school closers ordered by governments to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result of school closures, many governments are faced with one profound question: How can ALL children continue to learn and access education? The answer to this question is dependent upon what resources are available. In most countries, the sudden move to distance learning has forced teachers and students into a digital world away from familiar, well-structured face-to-face classroom… Read more
If you take away anything from this post, take note of this figure: 89. At present, over 89% of students enrolled in education globally are currently out of school due to COVID-19 (UNESCO, 2020). It’s simply staggering. With sweeping COVID-19 lockdown regulations firmly in place,many learners are isolating behind screens through a home digital learning setting. In this post I reflect on what impact these school closures will mean for other groups of children in the Global South. Within your own thoughts, you may have considered how school closures will have considerable impact on children who are either vulnerable or marginalised. However, would you… Read more
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