COVID-19 and our school systems - alternative ways to continue learning!

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Introduction

You know that almost every country have been affected by this current pandemic ravaging the world. It all started like a joke, before we knew it, the virus, lockdowns and social distancing have gone from one country to another. These are really unprecedented times. Rarely in the history of the world has almost everyone been affected by one single problem. The future is not so clear in most places though because of rising numbers of deaths and infections resulting from COVID-19. One sector that has really been hit hard by this pandemic is the education sector.

Global education has had a really bad time in this period of the pandemic. Like other aspects of modern life, schools have been closed down and students have been asked to stay at home. Its a very terrible situation for all parties involved- students, parents and educators. So in some places, both the school managements and parents have come up with noble ways to make sure students keep learning even though they have to stay away from the school compound. Here are some of the ways your child could continue learning:
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1. Home Schooling: Yes, most parents like their kids are at home. Its really becoming difficult to fill up the day with activity. So some parents have decided to take a new job - teach their kids at home. In some places, the school management provides the curriculum for parents to use and continue teaching kids at home. In other places, the parents decides what material to use. In either case, what is important is that the child's overall learning capacity is not left to chance. With homeschooling, students can still be engaged with reasonable activity while making sure time is not lost as the lockdown continues in many places.

2. Online Classes: In places where there is steady internet and other facilities to do so, schools continue to run classes for students online. Since the outbreak of the epidemic, Zoom and other video-conferencing apps became so popular. So with this, teachers are able to run classes from a remote location. Students are also able to connect remotely to join a class and still enjoy learning a as a group. So with this type of arrangement, students continue to learn while the lockdown is still in place.

3. Radio broadcasts: In some developing countries, the education board has gone on to arrangement normal classes for the students through radio. Sometimes, a channel or two are dedicated for this purpose. There is also a timetable a place for students to know what subjects are taught at what times. So students are encouraged to tune and listen in as the teachers sound out the lessons on Radio. With this, classes can still go on nad students can continue learning from home.
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Conclusion

There is no universal method to continue teaching and learning in this period of the pandemic. Each country, school management or even the parent can decide what is best for their students. The most important thing is that this period should not be wasted and students left to idle out at home. If the school management has no plan to continue the classes in some way, it is left for parents to make sure their kids continue learning to ensure the education is not brought to a complete halt by COVID-19
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How is it in your area?

Can you share with us how COVID-19 has affected schools in your area and how parents and educators are responding to address the situation on hand.

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Online classes are the real deal now but the issue is how many ordinary Nigerian parent can afford data subscription to home school their kids.

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Yes @oluwatobiloba. Struggling economies in Africa might find it difficult because of the high cost of internet subscription. Which is why the Radio stations can be a cheaper alternative.

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Radio stations is truly a better alternative.

They are new alternatives to these new problems. I think this is a great advance for humanity, we are learning new models and new ways of doing things more efficiently.

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Sure. We can always have a way to go around very difficult challenges like this pandemic.

As the father of two girls, one is 11 years old and studies the first year of high school, and the other is a 9-year-old girl who studies the 4th grade of the school.
It is something new for us but in all cases we have been able to overcome this challenge.

Of course, in some way I am aware that my wife and I are professors at a university that helps us a lot in supporting our daughters in their daily tasks,

But I am also aware that not everyone has this opportunity.

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Interesting sir. It will be a real challenge for many households that depend on daily wages for survival. Your daughters have the parents ever. Having educators as your parent puts children at an advantage to being properly educated no matter what.

Resteemed already. Upvote on the way :)

Dear @focusnow

I must admit that I didn't think even once about "how C-19 affected school and education system". Thx for sharing your thoughts.

ps.
I also wanted to ask about your opinion on topic related to C-19.

In Poland our authorities have been discussing some models in order to decide what decisions should be made.

One which I particulary liked:
We're building 2 different groups. Everyone would receive form where he/she need to decide if he/she wants to belong to 1st or 2nd group.

  1. People who are afraid of becoming sick (old, sick, with weak immune system or just simply to scared to take a risk).
    All those people will not be allowed to exit house within next 2 months. Full house quarantine. Those people would receive financial support from goverment, would have their taxes reduced etc. Also food would be provided. Their only responsibility is to stay SAFE at home.

  2. Everyone else - can be allowed to go to work, masks still necessary, social distancing still part of daily life. However this would allow economy to go back partly to normal.

It's being pointed out, that treating high-risk people and young and strong ones as one group, with similar restrictions (or lack of those restrictions) is a major mistake.

Also closing down all businesses and supporting financially entire economy is a huge expense. So focusing on giving full support to group 1, and allowing rest population to get back to their life could be cheaper and more efficient.

Cheers
Piotr

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Thanks dear @crypto.piotr for your time commenting on my article. I really like what the government of Poland is doing. At least you are fortunate to belong to a system where things are meant to work. Here is my opinion on the two groups.

  1. Now depending on the amount the government is willing to give and the nature of the relief materials, more or less people could decide to stay home. For example, if the money is up to or more than the monthly earnings of the average citizen, lots of people could simply decide not to work. After all, what's the essence of job stress when your bills are properly covered, with food items and reduced tax too. So with enough money and relief from the government, even healthy young people will pretend to be scared and stay home.

  2. If the relief is too small that it's barely half of the people's monthly income, then you could see more people, even ones with weak immune systems decide to move out of the house.

So for me, if the government wants it to work out well, then there must be a delicate balance between giving people sensible support to make them stay at home and not overpaying them to encourage laziness. It could be a fine line to thread.

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I finally catched up with some old comments.
Thx for your comment. I love to see how responsive you are :))