By Nomali Cele
We are on the fifth day of the21-day national lockdown COVID-19 in South Africa. The national lockdown, announced by President Ramaphosa just days prior, went into effect on 27 March 2020; 10 days after children stopped going to school.
The global spread of the Corona Virus COVID-19 has been more than a health crisis, it’s affected every corner of people’s lives across the world. From the ways we shop to the ways we work. Another area that has been impacted is how children learn and are taught.
In some countries where innovation in education is prioritised and those countries with easy access to technology and the internet, this crisis is merely an opportunity to put all those innovations (such as conference call learning) to the test. Locally, however, things have been slow going with many parents in a panic about their children getting left behind
SA Lockdown Education Tools – Department of Basic Education resources
The Department of Basic Education has been working in the last decade to be more digital. Different districts introduced measures such as smart boards and tablets. There are, of course, disparities as some learners don’t even have access to electricity at home.
For those with access, the department has various resources geared at helping parents help their children keep learning during this time. Visit the Department of Basic Education website
SA Lockdown Education Tools – Africa Teen Geeks
This week, the Department of Basic Education announced its partnership with African Teen Geeks to provide a STEm (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning portal for grades R to 12. Monitor the Africa Teen Geeks Youtube channel for the lessons
SA Lockdown Education Tools – Vodacom e-school
What is it?
Vodacom e-school is a free digital learning tool. It follows the South African Basic Education Department curriculum. Children in the foundation phase get to learn literacy, numeracy, life skills and language (both on a home language and an additional language basis). Grades 4 – 12 have access to subjects ranging from language (English and Afrikaans as either home language or additional language) to sciences, commerce and humanities.
How does in work?
Vodacom e-school is available across computers, Smartphones and tablets. Vodacom customers do not have to pay for an account or the data used to access the portal. Get started here
Above all else, it’s important for parents to help their children stay on top of their school material and reading. Encourage them to open their books during this time, whether to revise or to keep up with the syllabus. Are any of their teachers able and willing to do twice-a-week lessons and homework sessions over a WhatsApp group? Is there an older who might be able to help? Exhaust all your options.
Stay home, stay safe during this COVID-19 lockdown. Read more resources here.