Challenges of learning during lockdown for underprivileged children
The COVID-19 global pandemic has robbed children of the in-classroom experience and disrupted the 2020 academic year.
As per lockdown rules and regulations schools are to remain closed therefore introducing virtual schooling.
For Nomusa Masuku teaching her daughter from home is proving to be a tough challenge as she dropped out of school at standard 5 and can barely understand any of her schoolwork.
“The way this online schooling is set up, honestly speaking I don’t understand any of my daughter’s schoolwork so that means even if I wanted to help her I cannot and this is crippling the future of our children because the system is tailored to favour the rich and us the poor parents who can barely afford stationary and data are left behind,” said Masuku.
According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, it is very important that schools do not become sites of transmission at a time when the country’s coronavirus infections are rising at one of the fastest rates in the world.
My daughter is the future of this family and it so sad as a parent I am not able to help her with her schoolwork, without my daughter getting an education it means that the cycle of poverty continues, added Masuku.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) strongly advises on partnerships as this will unlock solutions that will help support learners and teachers with a principal focus on inclusion and equity.