Apart from the recognized, standard tools of the trade, teachers now require a little more than regular stationery to reach their wards.
The announcement by the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu, as regards the lockdown lift on May 4th came with a few unsettling exceptions.
“All places of worship will remain closed. The same for educational institutions; they will remain closed till further notice. We encourage parents and school authorities to dialogue on alternative means of learning and come to an understanding.”
The exact specifics of the ‘alternative learning’, has been left to the discretion of the educators and the other stakeholders involved in the schooling process.
A few high-brow schooling districts in Nigeria, have already designed digital curriculums that help teachers reach their wards through student-specific online classes. Apps like Skype, Zoom and WhatsApp video have become daily platforms for teaching children stranded at home.
But not all schools have the dynamics of alternative learning figured out. The internet for one is a major setback. The cost of setting up and undergoing a two hour digital school session everyday for the unforeseeable future, is more than the average parent can afford.
This calls into question the erroneous belief that online classes are the only way to achieve home schooling. Are there other ‘cheaper’ ways of educating children, especially those in low-income areas during this pandemic?
How are Nigerian schools dealing with the reality of creating viable online curriculums that are effective yet concise?
If we take a step backwards and query our existing format, we might find better ways to co-tutor home-based children with the help of parents and guardians.
DSTV recently launched ‘Mindset Pop’ (DStv 317), a dedicated channel for Primary School learners on 1 April 2020. The channel will feature educational programming covering the entire General Education and Training (GET) phase, including Early Childhood Development (ECD), as well as a key focus on the Grade 4 –9 curriculum.
So parents who have no clue about how to home school their wards, can now engage them with dedicated classes on TV.
Makes sense, right?
Some educators are providing daily tips to parents on how to home school their kids by sharing a child-specific, dedicated curriculum with them. YouTube also has a myriad of resources to assist the clueless parent on getting their children sorted in these times.
So whether your teaching style requires access to online meeting platforms or a home schooling structure is your preference, you need to take into consideration the temperament of the child before crafting a viable home-based, tutorial structure.
This article was written by Henri ‘Yire; connect on Instagram with him here