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Saarah Kausar, Founder and Director, Shine kids Academy, Chennai- Digital education, the only option

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Sarah Kausar

The coronavirus pandemic has created a lot of hassle around the nation, putting the Education sector worldwide in a standstill position. Around the world, schools in over 100 countries are closed to protect against the spread of coronavirus. But the education is an endless learning process and keeps continuing without any hassle. Only method to continue education in this time of crisis is to opt for online or digital education. These online experimental methods will reshape schools, the idea of education and what learning looks like in the 21st century. Many K- 12 Schools are offering free online courses to children in lockdown period which allows students and parents to choose which one to study.

Home schooling is the only method to opt now, though it’s not readily accepted in our country but now it has become the only option to do so. Homeschooling children during the COVID-19 crisis are changing our approach to education.

The current pandemic has resulted in loss of predictability, loss of routine, loss of classroom learning and loss of exposure to space. Families can bring structure to their children’s life through creativity and maintain a routine. All you need to do is structure your children’s days, it will give them a control over the loss of predictability. Parents can put one or two hours of school work in a creative way, some story time, some personal time, sharing some fun facts about each other etc. The lockdown provides an opportunity for families to re-bond with children and tide over their anxiety. Parents can ensure to play indoor games or do story telling together or to give time for one another then only children will remember the pandemic as a crisis if you make them feel it, else they will remember it as a time they did all that could not have done in a normal time. It’s up to Parents to create that lasting memories for children.

As we are a Preschool division we deal with the children in the age group of 3 to 6 years. Children at this age definitely need a Teacher or a Parental support to do their activity, and we are very happy to see our students doing their activities in an enjoyable way, many Parents have forwarded us their colouring, painting, planting, reading, cooking, yoga, dancing, singing and many more activity based videos of our students with SMILING FACES in the amidst time of crisis, it shows children are also learning to cope with boredom. “A creative imagination and problem solving ability are important life skills, so it’s good for children to have these moments of boredom and having to find ways to entertain themselves.”

The global pandemic worldwide is forcing educators, parents and students to think critically, problem- solve, be creative, communicate, collaborate and be agile. It is also revealing that there is another way of learning too…

Praying this distress phase of time passes soon and we all bounce back with good times ahead…

Stay Safe – Stay Healthy.

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