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by NABILA ALIFIANI P | 14 August 2021, 15:56 WIB | SCMP | UNICEF

The UNICEF council with 37 delegates from various countries has been discussing how they could improve their countries education quality despite all the challenges that it faces in the cause of COVID-19 Pandemic.

12.00 pm, 14th August 2021.

The UNICEF council has conducted a discussion on how to handle remote learning issues amidst the pandemic, and how their respective countries face all those problems. Delegates also discuss what innovations and breakthroughs their country has come up with. The council with thirty-seven delegates talks about several main issues such as the gap in technologies, mental issues, fundings, and platforms that would work effectively to support remote learning.

It has been a year since COVID-19 strikes and because of how fast the virus spreads, all governmental bodies in many countries have proposed for students to study at their respective homes in order to prevent mobilization and crowding to stop the virus from spreading. The regulations itself forces educational institutions to close for a while and move their educational process to ‘online learning’.

While for some countries this plays well, for others, especially some developing countries, this regulation limits them to pursue education like how they used to. Some countries did not have an equal Internet range, which resulted in them struggling with online learning. Today’s conferences discuss this issue further.

Talking about the digital gap and providing education platforms amidst the pandemic, countries like Brazil have issues with the teachers' lack skills in technology usage. The Brazilian delegate proposed a training program to prepare teachers for online learning. Most of the other delegates proposed education through social media, since a lot of students are probably familiar with social media usage, and they also suggested creating a digital platform that could provide study modules and education materials such as videos and other sorts.

Other suggestions that are pretty much eye-catching is the solution from the delegate of Ghana in a program under the name NCTE with one of their solutions is to provide technology for all students in the country (in this case is giving away smartphones for free). While others mostly focus on filling the digital gap by making educational innovations and such, Italy proposes to focus more on fundings. The delegate of Italy proposes that countries should start giving funds in order to aid students for better online education experience.

Pass actions were also discussed, regarding how their respective countries managed to execute remote learning in the pandemics. The delegate of Sweden stated that they personally fancy India’s actions on facing remote learning issues with creating an USB like device that stores all the needed education materials and it could be accessed in other digital devices. This suggestion is also concurred by the delegate from Burundi. Because of the lack of internet access in Burundi, they mostly access education from televisions that broadcast educational material.

Speaking about the issues of mental health, most of the delegates proposed free online access for mental health or providence of mental health hotlines in hopes to help students struggling with mental issues. The delegates also encourage more creative learning and communications also highlight the importance of healthy interactions between families with the purpose to boost the students’ mental health. Some also use various advertisements and PSA so parents’ will have the sense to help their children.

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