Many teachers have given extra support to the girls during the pandemic – and meet the amazing great-grandmother who goes to school at the age of 99.
Teachers have become pandemic guides for girls
Many teachers have taken on additional “humanitarian roles” to ensure that marginalized girls do not drop out of school when the pandemic closes schools.
Researchers found that in addition to their educational responsibilities, teachers became “trusted proxies” – providing child protection, medical care and emotional support to female students.
The report assesses the impact of Covid-19 on UK-funded Girls ’Education Challenge projects in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Ghana. It was found that 85% of the teachers surveyed provided “some form of physical or mental health care” outside of their usual roles.
One of the authors of the report, Professor Pauline Rose of Cambridge University, said: “When schools closed, GEC projects changed, acting not only as educational initiatives but also taking on a humanitarian role. Without this, the impact of the pandemic on girls’ education could be even more serious. ”
Many women working in the community had vital personal contact with students. This meant that not only by offering personal assistance, they could refer students with difficulty to community or social services.
Professor Rose – who wrote key reports on early childhood education for Theirworld – added: “The extra work they [teachers] shoulders have affected their own mental health, led to burnout at work and put extra pressure on their home life ”.
The new head of UNICEF reveals the goals of education
The new head of UNICEF says that innovation to transform the education and support of girls should be the main goals of the international community.
Catherine Russell has replaced Henriette Faure as Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Agency. In her first serious speech, she said 616 million children continue to suffer from school closures, and educational disruptions in developing countries have led to up to 70% of 10-year-olds unable to read.
She added: “Schools should help children regain their physical and emotional well-being. We need to change education in these difficult times – to innovate and build new partnerships to reach the children most at risk of being abandoned. ”
She said UNICEF would “continue to seek to invest in girls and break down barriers and practices that deter girls.”
A schoolboy who has just turned 99 years old
The woman, who is celebrating her 99th birthday today, told how she returned to school in Kenya’s Rift Valley to set a good example for her great-grandchildren.
Priscilla Sicinia, a sixth-year elementary school student, wears the same school uniform in a gray dress and green sweater as other students.
The Kenyan government began subsidizing the cost of primary school in 2003, allowing some older people who missed education at a young age to revive their dreams.
Soon in New York will begin the screening of a film about learning Priscilla, called Gogo from the local word grandmother. She said she enjoyed other school activities, such as physical education classes, and added, “I can jump, though not as often as they do, but at least I move my body.”
The cyclone destroys dozens of schools
A cyclone that hit some parts of Madagascar has taken 10,000 children out of school.
In the east of the island, 69 schools were completely destroyed, 439 schools were damaged and 55 had their roofs blown off, Save the Children reports.
Cyclone Batsirai killed more than 20 people – five of them children – and drove out more than 60,000, as well as destroying crops that need to be harvested.
Tatiana Dassi, director of the Save the Children program in Madagascar, said: “As many as 10,000 who were able to go to school last week were left uneducated this week. After two years of dropping out of school because of Covid-19, this is the last thing children need. ”
Returned to school after a year in Vietnam
More than 17 million Vietnamese students return to school for the first time in almost a year.
In October, the Southeast Asian country lifted many pandemic measures, but most students since the beginning of last year have been restricted from attending online classes.
Some personal lessons for high school students began this week, and all students will return this week. Primary and preschool schools will also open in February.
Wu Ming Three, an eighth-grader from Hanoi, told the Asia News Network: “I feel very happy and excited because it’s been a long time since I went to school.”