This post was previously published on ONE Germany website.
Like in my own country, Germany, the education system normally functions quite well. However, like millions of people in Europe and all over the world, I am staying at home with my family. Home schooling is putting my patience (my son's too, no doubt) to the test.
Thus, like countless other parents, we are faced with an improbable and unprecedented balancing act of managing family life, acting as home-school teachers to our children, and keeping up with our everyday jobs. But we manage. On the last day of school, my children were provided all of their necessary books and materials. The teacher consistently transmits a weekly schedule and new learning material to our son and his classmates. In the meantime, we have discovered some good online learning platforms, and talk to educators and other parents in video chat forums. To my children's delight, the educational TV programs have quite a bit to offer.
COVID-19 exacerbates the education crisis in developing countries
However, in many developing countries, the circumstances are completely different. According to UNESCO, the coronavirus crisis is depriving more than 1.5 billion children and youth of their schooling. Approximately 768 million of these students live in developing countries. 63 million teachers are affected by these closures globally.