Education may take a pause.....but Learning continues

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The pandemic is exposing inequities—kids not having internet access or a quiet space to study or their basic needs met. It’s amplified things by putting their families in more dire circumstances in terms of unemployment and food insecurity, conditions that can hamper students’ willingness and ability to learn and to succeed in school. We worry that under these and remote learning conditions the number of children who don’t finish primary school might increase.

We are also worried that the learning requirements, not just for would-be dropouts but for all students, are being diluted. So even if a student graduates this year, under present conditions they’ll have reduced learning.

Since ARCH has a wider reach out to the students from less privileged section under various educational initiatives, it is even more important for us to step up to take our cause even further. One side where we wish to ensure every child is connected to any/some form of learning, the other side we ponder on how do we follow all the rules of social distancing and the laws around epidemics while continuing to serve our students.

We are rapidly building a new paradigm of interaction with our students, teachers and parents in phase manner :

Community level intervention to ensure every child we can reach to is connected with the learning

Switching to digital learning platforms where possible

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Expanding Learning Beyond classroom

The closures of schools have likely to widen the learning gap between children from lower-income and higher-income families. School closures in response to COVID-19 have shed light on various social & economic issues, including digital learning, food, insecurity, and homelessness. The impact is more severe for disadvantaged children and their families, causing interrupted learning, compromised nutrition, childcare problems, and consequent economic cost to families who could not work.

As per the rapid assessment done by ARCH in 100 schools where we are operational since past three year, it was realized that many students are not going to come back even after the school reopens. Students from 8th to 12th grade are more vulnerable to drop out due to their usefulness at home and work sites. ARCH has committed itself to support their education and ensure their safe return in the school after the school reopens and fully operational.

Switching to digital learning platforms where possible

When India announced closing of schools due to the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, ARCH needed to rapidly rethink the delivery of its extra-curricular science programme for the students from 6th to 10th grade.

With our quick assessment we realized that out of 120 schools we are working with across states, only ….students from …schools have access to online platform. This gave ARCH a window of opportunity to reach out and engage a large number of students in various learning program. As ARCH adopts the online meeting platform Zoom in partnership with various organizations and experts, a priority was to adopt the pedagogy to ensure students would engage and participate in experiments and learner-led discussions.