Virtual classroom exchange: Norway and Burkina Faso on COVID-19 and education

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.

June 14, 2021 by GPE Secretariat
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Virtual classroom visit: Norway and Burkina Faso

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.

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.

Students participating in the exchange program.

“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.

Minister Ulstein and students in Norway raise their hands in support of the GPE Raise Your Hand campaign. Credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway, 2021.
Minister Ulstein and students in Norway raise their hands in support of the GPE Raise Your Hand campaign.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway, 2021.
Minister Ouaro and students in Burkina Faso raise their hands in support of the GPE Raise Your Hand campaign during the virtual classroom exchange between Burkina Faso and Norway. Credit: Ministry of Education (Burkina Faso), May 2021.
Minister Ouaro and students in Burkina Faso raise their hands in support of the GPE Raise Your Hand campaign during the virtual classroom exchange between Burkina Faso and Norway.
Ministry of Education (Burkina Faso), May 2021
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