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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

At the height of nation-wide lockdowns this year, approximately 91 per cent of the world's students in more than 194 countries were out of school. This has caused immeasurable disruption to the lives, learning and wellbeing of children around the world.

Globally, school closures due to COVID-19 has affected 1.29 billion students in 186 countries, which is 73.8 per cent of the world’s student population, according to the UN Education Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The situation was the same in many other countries. Across the African continent, an estimated 297 million students were affected by school closures as a result of the pandemic.

Creative Commons licenses: Globally children are gradually returning to school following the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Journey Ahead

Together we need to find a way to make sure that Africans living both at home and in the diaspora can continue their education, with special care for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. Especially children with disabilities and from an African background are more likely to be left behind.

There is an urgency with in our community to mobilize resources and implement innovative and context-appropriate solutions to provide learning remotely by leveraging on hi-tech, low-tech and no-tech approaches.

We should look into planning daily remote programmes which could help the many African communities with the ability to get more useful information, to connect with learning groups and other institutions that make education convenient free of charge.

Action Speaks Louder Than Words

At WeAfric we aim to partner with strong educational establishments to ensure that all our community members, including those with a disability, have equitable access to education and the opportunity to develop the skills they need for life and work. Below are some of the world’s best quality, certified courses and providers that employers value.

Source: www.un.org/africarenewal/magazine/may-2020/coronavirus/africa-schools-are-closed-learning-goes

Our top ten picks for free online learning websites

  1. Manhood Academy Global: www.manhoodacademyglobal.com
  2. Womanhood Academy: www.womanhoodacademy.com
  3. The school of life: www.youtube.com/channel/UC7IcJI8PUf5Z3zKxnZvTBog
  4. For-kid friendly education: www.nationalgeographic.com
  5. Free daily lessons for under 16s: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
  6. Trusted content: www.khanacademy.org
  7. Short free online courses: www.futurelearn.com
  8. The best variety of online courses: www.coursera.org
  9. Online courses in humanities: www.edx.org
  10. Harvard Extension: www.extension.harvard.edu

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