As the novel coronavirus sweeps across the globe, teaching and learning entities are confronted with unprecedented challenges.
Schools in developing countries are particularly vulnerable in the face of this crisis. Developed countries have taken prompt measures to support education and minimize COVID-19 consequences.
So did countries in the South!
Practical experience from China for distance education
In China, the education community quickly came together to continue teaching over 270 million students via flexible online methods, and to share the pragmatic experience obtained.
Specifically, the UNESCO International Research and Training Center for Rural Education (INRULED) in Beijing, the Smart Learning Institute of Beijing Normal University, along with the UNESCO Institute for Information Technology in Education (IITE) have jointly released a handbook on how to organize flexible learning options, as well as guidance on active learning at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.