Can Nepal teach children in their homes if they have no radio, TV or internet? Massive challenges to help reach the poorest as covid still too high a risk for schools to return.
Children have now returned to school in the UK though they of course face changes and no doubt challenges, but in Nepal there is still no prospect of schools being able to resume. With Covid now in the wider community, risks remain high and the government therefore has to consider how to provide some education to all children and must first establish the limitations through a current survey. Teachers will contact each child to understand their access to learning materials. Do they have – no access to any media, access to radio, access to TV, access to offline internet material, access to online internet material. Though Nepal has gone through a rapid technological evolution in recent years, already it is clear that in the poorer government schools that GDS work with, the majority of families will have NO access to any radio, TV and internet, and with increasing loss of jobs this is likely to decline further.
We are linking with our committee members in Gorkha who include several working within education and will be here to help when called upon and will hope to support with funds when needed.
Though fundraising for every charity will face challenges, we have recently been very lucky to raise money through sales of items large and small. Shelia has been busy making gorgeous cotton facemasks which we must now all wear, and Lin has been selling for GDS. Viv, Claire and Sarah of garden open fame asked us to dispose of their garden furniture sets needing attention and £200 has been raised. More plants have also been sold recently and jam making season means plenty for sale at next event – whenver that might be!
As Members of BRANNGO we were able to join a webinar on Saturday 18th which gave presentations and discussion re the current situation and future concerns of Education in schools during and following Covid in Nepal. A short overview is available if you Education – The effect of Covid 19
After 3 months of lock-down covid has now spread throughout Nepal with 15,000 cases (3rd July) but thankfully low deaths of 32 to date. In Gorkha all unwell must go directly to hospital but none have been critically ill, Some nearby villages have been closed if cases found to reduce the spread but worrying times for everyone.
With businesses closed many have no work and no govt financial support as in the UK. There will undoubtedly be increased poverty and hardship and GDS will help when we can when requested, but our school sponsorship programme for example will be even more essential to help those most in need.