Last month, Norway’s Minister of International Development, Dag Inge Ulstein and Burkina Faso’s Minister of Education, Stanislas Ouaro sat down for a virtual classroom exchange, moderated by GPE youth leader Armel Azihar Sly-vania.
On June 14, Norway’s Minister of International Development and Burkina Faso’s Minister of Education, held a virtual classroom exchange. They were joined by students from their respective countries and gathered insights about COVID-19’s impact on education from schoolchildren in Kenya and Vanuatu. Here are the key takeaways.
During this virtual exchange, the two ministers were joined by schoolchildren from Burkina Faso and Norway and gained additional insights about COVID-19’s impact on education in Kenya and Vanuatu.
“Closed schools have a negative effect on the motivation, social and emotional wellbeing of children,” said Minister Ulstein. The Minister further shared how "Schools increasingly rely on distance education but access to Internet, computers, TV, radios and a quiet room to study are highly unequal."
Minister Ouaro shared how Burkina Faso has been impacted by the pandemic and what his Ministry has done to ensure children remain learning. "We must make efforts, but we cannot succeed alone. We need to work alongside partner countries and bilateral or multilateral partners such as GPE.”
Both ministers emphasized their support for the GPE Raise Your Hand campaign ahead of the Global Education Summit.