What's next for education after the pandemic?

by SAMIA on May 12, 2020

After months of necessary confinement around the world, the coronavirus pandemic is restructuring education. COVID-19 has already changed how we educate future generations! While some impacts of this virus can be seen, we are still wondering what it might bring in the longer term for the education system? Because of social distancing, our children have moved from their classrooms to Zoom, what is going to happen to those with no access to the same resources? What are the levels of inequality that need to be faced? And more importantly, How can we help?

A global pandemic that changed education forever.
Today, we shared with you 3 ways the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted our kids' learning and the school systems.

1.- Distance learning reinforces teaching approaches that have been known to don't work well.

Online learning can be very solitary and self-didactic. When a teacher is asking students only to sit and quietly watch videos online, read documents, or click-through presentations, it can be tough for kids to stay motivated. One of the worst forms of learning is to sit passively and listen, it doesn't help anyone, and especially those who are behind.

2.- School closures are widening the equity gaps.

The crisis has made the world see how deep inequalities are still hitting the education structure. Even when some progress has been made, the ability to acquire necessary devices like a computer or a tablet is still not available for everyone. Until children can return to school, students and parents are still struggling to obtain an internet connection. As well, many children don't receive help from their parents with their school work. And these gaps are even bigger in the developing world.

3.- Our kids' protection and safety are being compromised.

The online world can be used to our advantage, but it also has its risks. With education being moved to digital platforms, our kids are spending numerous hours in front of a computer, their privacy and safety are exposed. That is a reminder for parents and teachers of the vital importance of school not just as a place of education, but as a safe space. Socialization and care; things technology may never replace.

Education can't stop, How can you help?

The immediate and essential challenge is to make sure that education can reach children, within the infrastructure and setting they are in right now. That is not an easy task and requires many economic resources, creativity, and innovation to improve distant learning instruments, facilities, and training. You can help many kids to overcome these challenges by:
• Innovating with educational solutions .- Do you have an idea? Please share it with us! We are working with some of the most impoverished communities in America and the world.
• Volunteering your time .- Many kids are following behind, you can help them by volunteering your time as a tutor for those in need. With this, you will be contributing to their mental health.
• Buying our handmade & sustainable products .- I love Giving Back is an American apparel and accessories brand dedicated to creating opportunities in the most impoverished communities of the U.S. and the world. We do our part to impulse economic growth by donating the 50% of our net profit to support education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Arts (STEAM)

Education CAN'T STOP! Until schools reopen and our kids return to the classrooms we need as many hands on deck as possible. With every purchase you make on our site, you become part of these fantastic stories and help our children become the innovators and inventors of tomorrow!