Many teachers have provided additional support to the girls during the pandemic and know the amazing great-grandmother who goes to school at 99 years old.
Teachers became pandemic guides for girls
Many teachers took on additional “humanitarian roles” to ensure that marginalized girls did not drop out of education when the pandemic closed schools.
The researchers found that in addition to their educational duties, teachers became “trusted confidants,” providing child protection, medical care and emotional support to female students.
The report assessed the impact of Covid-19 in UK-funded Girls’ Education Challenge projects in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Ghana. She found that 85% of the teachers interviewed had provided “some type of physical or mental health assistance” beyond their normal roles.
One of the report’s authors, Professor Pauline Rose of the University of Cambridge, said: “As schools closed, GEC projects underwent a transformation, operating not just as educational initiatives but taking on a humanitarian role. Without this, the impact of the pandemic on girls’ learning could have been even more severe.”
Many female teachers in the community had vital face-to-face contact with the students. This meant that as well as offering personal help, they could refer struggling students to community or social services.
Professor Rose, who has written major reports on early childhood education for Theirworld, added: “The additional work that [teachers] they were enduring affected their own mental health, led to work-related burnout and put additional pressure on their home life.
New UNICEF chief reveals education goals
New UNICEF chief says innovations to transform education and support girls should be important goals for the international community.
Catherine Russell succeeded Henrietta Fore as executive director of the UN children’s agency. In his first major speechHe said 616 million children are still affected by school closures and disrupted education in developing countries has left up to 70% of 10-year-olds unable to read fluently.
He added: “Schools must help children regain their physical and emotional well-being. We need to transform education for these challenging times, innovating and forging new partnerships to reach children most at risk of being left behind.”
She said UNICEF “will continue to champion investment in girls and break down the barriers and practices that hold girls back.”
The school student who just turned 99
A woman celebrating her 99th birthday today has told how she went back to school in Kenya’s Rift Valley to set a good example for her great-grandchildren.
Priscilla Sitienei, who is in her sixth year at elementary school, wears the same school uniform of gray dress and green sweater as the other students.
The Kenyan government began subsidizing the cost of primary education in 2003, allowing some older people who did not have access to education in their youth to revive their dreams.
A film about Priscilla’s educational journey, titled Gogo after the local word for grandmother, will open soon in New York. She said that she enjoys other school activities, such as physical education classes, adding, “I can jump, although not as much as them, but at least I move my body.”
Cyclone destroys dozens of schools
A cyclone that hit parts of Madagascar has left 10,000 children out of school.
In the east of the island, 69 schools were completely destroyed, 439 schools were damaged and 55 lost their roofs, according to Save the Children.
Cyclone Batsirai killed more than 20 people – five of them children – and displaced more than 60,000, as well as destroying crops that were about to be harvested.
Tatiana Dasy, Save the Children’s Program Director for Madagascar, said: “Some 10,000 people who were able to go to school last week are without education this week. After two years of being kicked out of school due to covid-19, this is the last thing kids need.”
Back to school after a year in Vietnam
More than 17 million Vietnamese students will return to school for the first time in nearly a year.
The Southeast Asian country lifted many of its pandemic restrictions in October, but most students had been limited to taking classes online since early last year.
Some in-person classes for high school students started this week and all students will be back this week. Primary and pre-primary schools will also reopen during February.
Vu Minh Tri, an eighth grade student in Hanoi, told Asia News Network:: “I feel very happy and excited because it has been a long time since I went to school”.