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Covid-19 brings new challenges to the education system.

by SAMIA on May 12, 2020

As the world is struggling against the coronavirus outbreak, more than 130 countries have now closed schools, impacting approximately 80% of students worldwide. A few months back our kids went to school, not knowing it may be a while until they can go back again and see their friends. After months of necessary confinement around the world, the coronavirus pandemic is restructuring education!

From the classrooms to Zoom

The pandemic took schools by surprise, and they had to respond quickly to the new restrictions and find a new way to connect with their students. Everything had to move to the digital world, and teachers and students needed to learn how to adapt to the new system. While many member countries encountered problems to carry out distance learning at the beginning of the emergency, now most states around the planet are organizing online instruction.

The online learning environment is quickly growing as thousands of parents and caregivers have to step up and learn along with their kids and educators how to make the new structure work. Teachers have moved their lessons to Zoom, Teams, Skype, or any other platform that allows them to connect with their loved students. Kids are still doing homework individually and in groups. As tech helps us connect with people in their homes, it has also brought to light the inequalities that the education systems still face.

Inequalities in the education system and its effects.

The crisis has made the world see how deep inequalities are still hitting the education structure, such as:
• The ability to acquire necessary devices like a computer or a tablet.
• The means to obtain an internet connection.
• Self-directing and learning skills.
• The skills parents lack to teach their kids at home.

It is a potent reminder of the vital importance of school not just as a place of education, but as a safe space for socialization and care; things technology may never replace.

After multiple interviews with professors around the globe, they believe that schools and teachers could never be replaced by technology, the pedagogy of affection is needed! Paola teaches first grade, she told us how her students ask her every day when they will be able to play with their classmates again, “it breaks my heart not being able to give them a hug, but I try everything I can to make them smile” she mentioned. As a result of these inequalities, many underprivileged kids will get behind in their education, and some will quit altogether, therefore continuing with the poverty cycle. Poverty is predictably the result of the absence of opportunity and lack of a proper education!

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