In response to the number of schools closing to prevent spread of the coronavirus, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has updated its distance-learning resources.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that schools in South Africa would close from Wednesday, 18 March, with the school holidays starting early. In other countries, students with access to reliable internet sources have carried on their school work from home.
“An unprecedented number of children, youth and adults are not attending schools or universities because of COVID-19, with governments in 100 countries having announced or implemented closures. In 85 countries, schools nationwide have been closed, affecting more than 776.7 million children,” UNESCO said.
According to TechCrunch, the updated guide includes a list of national learning portals for countries that have such a solution and an updated list of digital educational tools.
These digital tools include learning management systems, apps designed for smartphone learning and software that supports offline learning for those who can’t rely on a constant connection.
It has also laid out recommendations for video conferencing software that can be used to incorporate “in-person” learning while families practice social distancing.
UNESCO has asked any digital learning provider with a robust product to email them if they think they should be added to the resource list: COVID19taskforce@unesco.org.