AUGUST 2020: EVERY CHILD COUNTS WEBINAR
August 15, 2020
In August, we convened a panel of education leaders and UWS team members to discuss the shape of the education landscape. They shared their insights into delivering lessons during school closures, the innovations across the sector and their hopes for the future of students around the globe. These are a few of the key points we took away from the webinar.
THERE ARE A LOT OF CHALLENGES WHEN IT COMES TO DISTANCE LEARNING IN MYANMAR
Dr Kay Khaing Win, UWS Myanmar Director, updated us on her team’s work continuing education during lockdown. For Kay, it hasn’t been as simple as Zoom lessons and virtual homework. Very few of the communities we work with have access to radios, phones or the internet. On top of this, ten different languages are spoken throughout the regions we work in and with no education themselves, parents are unable to homeschool their children. We’ve had to develop innovative methods to support children during this time, including socially distanced lessons via loudspeakers.
THE LONGER VULNERABLE CHILDREN ARE OUT OF SCHOOL THE LESS LIKELY THEY ARE TO RETURN
Those who were already disadvantaged before the pandemic are more likely to be left behind during Covid-19. Rebecca Curley, UWS Education and Inclusion Specialist, explained:
THE PANDEMIC HAS PROVIDED A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR TEACHERS TO GET THEIR VOICES HEARD.
Vikas Pota talked about his experience witnessing teachers excluded from decision making. Now, teacher voices are becoming more prominent as their role within communities becomes clearer. Vikas believes this is leading to a greater desire to hear teacher perspectives and include them in the conversations around global education.
‘One of the responsibilities we have as common citizens of the world is to stop running down the profession. When was the last time you said thank you to a teacher?’
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