Ensuring digital learning for every child, without gaps in education – PROTHOM KOLKATA
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UNICEF policy: The year 2020 is like a nightmare for the whole world. Because from that year, the outbreak of the epidemic was observed in different countries of the world. Due to the epidemic, the rhythm of everything stopped. This also had an impact on the education sector. The online learning culture that emerged during the pandemic and after the pandemic experienced several educational gaps. In its 2020 report, UNICEF acknowledged the barriers various schools face when it comes to digital learning.
According to this UNICEF report, nearly two-thirds of children worldwide are deprived of online education. The report titled “Digital Learning for Every Child, Closing the Gap for an Inclusive and Prosperous Future” outlines several ways to bridge the various barriers and gaps in this education sector. In the post-corona period, the digital divide or digital divide has emerged in the field of traditional online education.
The report explains that the digital divide does not only mean the unavailability of basic services and the internet. Rather the lack of adequate online technology with affordable internet. Here are some ways to bridge the digital divide and ensure equitable education:
1) High investment in electricity and internet connectivity with focus on disadvantaged users
In this case, private organizations must partner with the country or state government. Digital connectivity should be accelerated in schools in remote areas through public-private partnerships. Not only in schools, but also in various areas around the school, governmental and non-governmental organizations must also ensure that the power supply is flawless and that internet connectivity is good.
2) Reduce the cost of the device
Having affordable electricity and the Internet will not solve the problem. It also requires some accessories. For example telephone, computer, etc. For this, government and private organizations must work together.
3) Identify the original mass
Why are children in certain regions not benefiting from online education services? If so, do social or cultural barriers stand in their way? These issues need to be addressed. In addition, the family must first be aware so that their daughter or son is also prepared to receive an education.
4) Associate teachers with technology
To teach something to children, first of all teachers must have a thorough knowledge of this subject. Currently, where we talk about online education, there is a need for teachers to have skills in virtual classrooms, digital tutors. How to make a subject more interesting for children using the Internet outside the traditional curriculum should be provided. If necessary, special training can also be organized for teachers.
Many children around the world have the opportunity to go to school and receive an education. But there is no way for them to get online training. Even their schools are in remote areas, so digitization has not affected the education sector. In all these cases, governmental and private organizations should also reach out. Only then will there be no more division in the education of children around the world. Children will have a clear understanding of digital learning.
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