BUSINESS AS UNUSUAL IN EDUCATION
The events around the global pandemic – COVID-19 caused all nations to observe a lockdown procedures. Nigeria, as country was not exempted from this.
Upon notice of the lockdown, private schools met with their teams and sought the best way to carry on with teaching, using the resources that they currently had and then picked up new resources that would help along the way. The aim of these strategy sessions was to re-emphasize the priority in Education, which is that learning must take place and learning must be supervised and recorded.
Lots of webinars were hosted by various organisations on the subject of the new normal in the Education sector with government officials in attendance and there was little or no actual thought out strategy on how the children in government schools will be engaged at these times.
As an astute teacher/instructor, my passion has always been about ensuring that children are engaged and learning and I took on different creative measures to ensure that children in my network were not left out. While at that, I thought about ways that learning could actually take place in government schools and I came up with a few options which I am willing to share with those in government who can effect a change, but one thing is certain, it will not be business as usual in terms of attendance, hours spent in school by children, methods of teaching and measures for creating order in public schools.
In my research and analogy, I pointed that the number of children in a class in some government public schools when compared to the number and expertise of teachers available, shows no possibility of ensuring that learning takes place.
Part of my analogy also showed that there need be reduction in the time spent in school for each child but this also means that the time spent in school will be spent on the most important things – learning, establishing order, engaging in topical discussions from subjects and socializing in a controlled/supervised environment.
Time out of school will therefore be spent on environment related tasks and helping parents at home.
As a way of lending my effort and energy to the betterment of the Education sector in my country, I seek audience with the Commissioner for Education of select States in Nigeria that have the future of Nigeria in mind to discuss these strategies and how they can be implemented.
My name is Idara Uwatt and I have worked for 8 years as a teacher and a school administrator, I am a certified child psychologist (advanced level) and passionately driven by the need to solve problems. I say this to point out that implementation of the strategy concluded on, will be executed swiftly, howbeit, organically.
A strength that these strategies have that will ease implementation is its cost efficiency. I am a young Nigerian who has worked in private establishments and ran businesses all centered around children so I know that financial capital is a factor for success but not the only factor that guarantees success.
In conclusion, spread the word and let us organize a round table on laying a functional blueprint for the Education system in States and in Nigeria that will benefit the child and the teacher and consequently, the society