COVID-19 Education Disruption and its Solution
22% of the world population are students. That is around 1.7 billion people. The Coronavirus pandemic is hampering the education of around 1.7 billion people. There are only a handful of countries that haven’t applied a country-wide lockdown or a localized lockdown. The learners of this world are suffering due to school closures.
The above picture clearly defines the magnitude of this problem. This is data for the school closures around the globe. Can you imagine the negative impact on our society if its youth is losing on the opportunity of gaining education. How are we supposed to climb onto the next chapter if we haven’t learnt the lessons of the previous one. We are doomed to become still water if our flow of education is hampered due to a pandemic.
A clear solution to this is online learning. Students can stay in quarantine and study through an online platform. This way they can contribute to the community by staying in and contribute to their future and the future of their countries by learning online.
Top universities with heavy funding have all closed their campuses and moved classes online. Even standardized tests like GMAT, GRE, SATs, ACT remain suspended and the future of many students hangs in balance. Many colleges have tried to go online and mitigate the negative impact of closures.
But this is not as simple as it sounds. The world is swimming in this whirlpool of digital transformation but it has lacked expertise in making efficient online learning platforms. Finding a good online learning platform won’t suffice our needs. We need good content on the platform. Unfortunately, there are very few companies that are good at this and there 1.7 billion needs to fulfill.
Let us say we have a great online platform and it provides great content. But what if its nothing like schools? What about peer learning and one to one interactions? These online platforms will require to mitigate the ‘distance’ aspect of online learning to make sure that education is unharmed in these hard times.
It is time for not only the teachers but the world to gear up and try to alleviate the impact this virus will bring due to school closures.
Avinash Somjani is an intern at utobo and he is pursuing his MBA at SIBM Bengaluru. He is passionate about sports, science fiction, history and the ever changing colour of his pen.