It is an extremely baseless statement that the COVID 2019 delays are a threat to the students; except if they are infected or come in contact with someone infected by the Corona disease. We must also understand that the country lockdown or any such delay causing action by the government is not an academic growth loss for any student. It is instead a challenging time as spending the whole lockdown time at home is difficult to pass for students who are extremely busy the entire day in their daily routine.
Albert Einstein once said: Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. The Covid 2019 delays can provide the farthest opportunity for all students to learn out of the school, college, university or any academic institute they are studying in as we have a full lockdown in the country for a long period. Instead of being on a negative side, we must think on a positive note for our children’s learning during this period.
Below are the significant reasons to realise this opportunity.
1. All the families are together in this lockdown.
2. It is not a “SUMMER VACATION.” where a student can travel anywhere.
3. Students will have no tuition trauma, outdoor activities like tennis and swimming. They all will restart once the COVID2019 threat ends.
4. Students are super stress-free during these days to learn something new and innovative.
I consider this as a moment to capture as such time hardly comes once in many decades. I and millions of us didn’t get such a golden period in our school/college life where we could be alone with our families, and our parents didn’t have any work to do other than paying attention to us.
How do COVID2019 delays can be a golden period for students?
1. The students get the most valuable time of their family members and will get the full attention of their parents. (If a student has grandparents, he/she is the luckiest).
2. Parents/grandparents can become amazing teachers by telling them the history of their parents, ancestors, family and positive sides of their roots. They can tell them the family stories.
3. They can come closer to their parents and enjoy private moments which they never get/hardly get. Students can also realise the importance of parents in their life, which is ahead of giving their tuition fee, making them delicious lunch-box or permitting them to party out.
4. They can also experience the world beyond the mobile phone, computers and tabs, play games with their families.
5. A student can also learn through eLearning courses widely available in the market, which are market updated and well recognised worldwide. Parents can learn with them together. All can become one class.
6. Papa and Mumma can become teachers to their children, making them learn to cook the food in “such a critical time”.
7. Students can learn to clean the house, garden area, furniture, walls and the curtains too. They can enjoy new learning of doing house-hold work.
8. Gardening can be a fantastic experience.
9. Exercising with Papa and Surya namaskar with Mom can be a super enriching experience during this time. It can also help their parents improve their immunity and reduce the chances of gaining excess weight during this time of staying at homes.
By the time we come out of the lockdown, a student will be completely new and might have experienced a new life.
If I talk about IIMT Studies, since we are an eLearning institute, we ensure all our classes are taken virtually. Our faculties and CSR team members are standby-working from home to support all students’ lecture and academic needs. We may slow in this lockdown considering the limited availability of the resources, but we have not stopped. IIMT Studies never stops.
I urge all the parents, not to panic for their children’s future and academic growth. The Government is equally concerned for their children’s future because your children are the future of our country. But, do utilise this time to educate your children in a non-academic way. Get them close to you, become their friends and enjoy this extra learning cum fun period.
Stay home; stay safe!
Manoj R Thakkar, Chairman, IIMT Studies Ltd., United Kingdom