Will education move online after coronavirus?April 14, 2021 982 views 4 comments 3 minutes reading time
2020 was a tough year for most African governments. Economies did not perform well, business was at a standstill and education was hit hard. Governments were forced to suspend in-person schooling as a measure of containing the COVID-19 virus. Months after the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Africa, many governments are still grappling with the shift of education from classrooms to digital platforms.
While institutions of higher learning and secondary schools have embraced digital platforms with ease, many challenges remain. The majority of Africa lacks adequate infrastructure to sustain online education. Equipping students with computers or tablets and licensing appropriate software can also be an expensive undertaking.
Sarah Anyang Agbor, Commissioner of Human Resources, Sciences, African Technology of the Africa Union Commission, gave us her thoughts on the future of education.
We ask Paula Ingabire, the Minster for ICT and Innovation in Rwanda, about the future of education post COVID-19.
For another perspective we interviewed Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General of United Nations. How would she respond?
The digital divide exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic has raised queries over the level of preparedness of learning institutions in the era of pandemics. While the future is uncertain, the alternatives to face-to-face learning should be made available for all. Bridging the digital divide should be a key priority if e-learning is to be used to facilitate education across the continent.
Paula Ingabire projects what the future will look like for education and technology.
We also ask Sarah Anyang Agbor about the future of education in the continent and the strides that Africa needs to make to ensure that her children access education without marginalisation. This was her response.
While some countries such as Kenya scraped the entire 2020 school year, other countries have opted for the reorganization of the school terms. Even as stakeholders advocate for the strengthening of EdTech, many governments are grappling with the issue of increased dropout rates. Statistics from a report by Save the Children indicate that at least 10mn children worldwide may never return to school.
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