Students call for better pandemic teaching methods and learning materials

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Students from Uganda, Zimbabwe and Brazil have won the 2022 FT / World Bank Blog Competition on how to improve education during the pandemic.

The judges selected submissions from Jamie Mirembe Catalina Namayanja, Vimbai Zisengwe and Isabela Melara Cavassin out of more than 500 entries from 104 countries.

Most students argued that online learning was a substitute for face-to-face interaction in schools, but some also highlighted the benefits of technology and called upon policymakers to be more flexible and explore combining the best elements of both approaches.

Many cited the detrimental effects of lockdowns on mental health, the inability of online learning to provide a substitute for socializing and the “digital divide” of poor internet access in many regions and countries around the world.

Jamie Mirembe Catalina Namayanja from Uganda described poorer children for distant learning, who have no access to the internet and seek home balance work lessons on radio broadcast distractions and noise at home. She also called for politicians to place a greater emphasis on education.

Our leaders are sure to be more innovative. General Chat Chat Lounge General Chat Chat Lounge how they cater to the needs of humbler communities. They can issue leaflets containing subject-specific notes to accompany lesson broadcasts. General Chat Chat Lounge General Chat Chat Lounge Or set up community centers to host interactive sessions like science experiments and presentations. – Jamie

Vimbai Zisengwe from Zimbabwe called for cheaper, accessible and relevant textbooks that were locally produced, displayed curriculum and would offer support for remote learning, as well as the need to upgrade the internet and make it affordable. She also said teachers should be better paid and trained.

During 2020, I saw school children having to pay their teachers personally. This should be unacceptable and banned. General Chat Chat Lounge General Chat Chat Lounge They should be tested regularly in not only computer literacy, as I have seen many teachers struggle with using their laptops during online [sessions], but also their subject area. This will ensure that they teach accurate and relevant information. – Vimbai

Isabela Melara Cavassin from Brazil called for more tutoring and fewer tests for students. She also argued that teachers could make online learning more enjoyable by getting students to study materials first and then use classroom sessions for live discussions.

The inverted classroom encourages healthy learning habits, stimulates a setting of routine, and makes learning a much more personalized and rewarding experience. The teacher assumes a tutor role, rather than an authority one, and helps each student with their own needs. – Isabela

The full essays are available on the World Bank’s competition website.

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