Distance learning to support continued education for all
The GPE program will expand access to education content and learning materials for the hardest to reach children who are the most at risk of dropping out or being exposed to social pressures or abuse. The program will finance the development of additional learning content for students in grades 1-12 as well as preschoolers, complementing the government’s current efforts in broadcasting lessons on TV.
GPE funding will also support the dissemination of lessons through additional platforms including radio, print, mobile applications and social media. The availability and schedule of lessons will be promoted via communications campaigns, which will reinforce messages on the importance of learning continuity – with a special emphasis on girls.
The GPE-funded program will enable the design and implementation of an inclusive distance learning certification pathway to help integrate 19 million out-of-school children – especially girls – into the mainstream education system. This certification will also target students who dropped out of school due to the negative shocks to household incomes caused by COVID-19.
In parallel, the GPE program will finance the development of learning materials for children living in remote areas. Learning materials will include books, home-based assignments, and resources to support parents with home-schooling.
Children from poor households will also receive tablets, and devices to create internet hotspots. In conjunction, the ministry will improve coordination with telecom companies to ensure low-cost internet access in the provinces.
Disseminating vital messages through sensitization campaigns
The GPE program will support the expansion of education and health sensitization campaigns to promote hygiene and COVID-19 related safety practices. These campaigns will disseminate education engagement and re-engagement messages with a special focus on children at risk of dropping out of school.
The campaigns – which will also reach refugee children enrolled in public schools – will be gender-sensitive and promote messages on abuse and violence prevention for those at risk following the school closures. These messages will be disseminated through several channels with content translated into local languages for a broad outreach.
GPE funding will help establish safety and well-being programs for students, parents and educators. These programs will be delivered through low-tech and easily accessible mechanisms such as telephone hotlines to provide guidance and referrals to resources.
Promoting safe schools and a smooth return for teachers and students
GPE will strengthen the federal and provincial government’s implementation capacity for effective recovery of education services. This will be achieved by promoting student and teacher health safety in schools and improving the capacity of educators to safely deliver education to students.
Guidelines and protocols will be designed for the safe re-opening of schools, and schools will be provided with basic sanitization and hygiene supplies to ensure they meet the protocol standards, and students will be provided with learning materials.
To address learning gaps caused by the disruption of education, GPE will support the design and delivery of professional development opportunities for teachers, focusing on remedial education, distance learning strategies and learning assessments practices.
GPE will also contribute to improve the capacity of provincial and federal governments to identify effective distance learning strategies that can lead to improved education outcomes, while at the same time designing strategies and implementation plans to deal with future education disruptions.