COVID-19 and Education
Data from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) shows that 60% of the world’s student population’s education is being impacted by the virus and the closures.
To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, most governments around the world have temporarily closed schools, prioritizing the health and safety of their citizens. Many wonder how this will affect adolescents and their education on a global scale. In what ways can we support students?
ShareYourself wants to help students around the world. To help students continue their education during COVID-19, we have created the “Between COVID and the Classroom” grant. Apply for the grant by clicking here and read below for some ways that people are helping students around the world.
Donating education supplies
Many students rely on schools for the majority of their school supplies, but due to COVID-19 many parents are going to homeschool for the first time. It will be difficult providing education supplies to all of these students. There are many options for places to donate school supplies, the first being local “homeschool” support groups in your area; if there is not an already existing support group in your area, you could create one and apply for our grant. Libraries also offer support and affordable options for textbooks to use for educating students. Lastly, you could also talk with people in the community letting them know that you want to offer support. Supplies that are helpful parents that are beginning homeschooling include: Old textbooks; pens, pencils, and other writing utensils; notebooks; computers and tablets; whiteboards and dry erase markers; and other school supplies.
There are webinars available for both teachers and students. UNESCO created a webinar series (a seminar conducted over the Internet) called “Back to School Webinar Series”. The series provides a framework for reopening schools along with ways for teachers to share ideas on learning strategies and connectivity.
You can sign up to receive information every week about the upcoming webinar.
There are also webinar resources for Latin America, Carribean, Asia and the Pacific, Arab States, East Africa, and West Africa
Platforms and Online tools
Amidst the pandemic many new and interesting “distanced learning” platforms have been brought to the forefront.
3P learning allows teachers to send educational activities to students, all one needs is an internet connection.
Bloomz connects educators and parents by allowing a free and easy way to convey a student's progress to their parents.
Buncee is a platform that lets educators create lessons for their students. The platform also allows students to collaborate with each other on the lessons.
On Edmodo, teachers can communicate with students, assign work, and create spaces for collaboration with discussion spaces, messaging between students and between other teachers.
The World Bank recently released an article about countries creating distanced learning alternatives. For example, in Afghanistan they are implementing “printing and distributing chapters of textbooks; broadcasting video lessons through television and radio; broadcasting videos through websites, portals, social media (Facebook and YouTube); making videos available via memory cards and CDs; or audio lessons through the medium of mobile phones”.
This article from the World Bank has a list showing how many countries plan to use public and accessible media to help educate students in a safe and distanced way.