GLOBALLY OVER 1.2B CHILDREN OUT OF SCHOOL DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

GLOBALLY OVER 1.2B CHILDREN OUT OF SCHOOL DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

By Chris Ojow

The currently experienced situation of

economic shutdowns , joblessness, starvations,

deaths and the daily rise in infections Globally

due to coronavirus pandemic has forced over

1.2 billion children out of school.

And impacting their overall well-being as many

experience malnutrition, violence at home,

higher levels of stress, anxiety and uncertainty

about the future; some do not have access to

online or remote learning opportunities, and

many are struggling with social isolation.

During these challenging times, educators have

a critical role to play in supporting children’s

social, emotional and spiritual well-being, and

creating learning opportunities to strengthen

children’s critical thinking, sense of belonging to

a larger community, interconnectedness with

others while keeping physical distancing, and

providing spaces for children to reflect about

and respond to the ethical challenges we all

face.

The online course builds on Arigatou

International’s long-standing expertise in

promoting ethics education for children.

Provides educators with knowledge and tools to

use a transformative pedagogy that places

children at the center of the educational

experience, helps creating safe learning

environments, responds to their context and

realities, and fosters participatory and

collaborative learning.

A pedagogy that encourages critical thinking,

imagination and critical consciousness about

the realities of children, and promotes self-

driven learning, which are critical components

for education in our modern days .

Above all, educators will identify concrete ways

to engage children in ethical reflections, nurture

their spirituality and foster interconnectedness

and collective action in a world that needs to

learn how to live together.

The course aims to create learning

opportunities for teachers to:

Get acquainted with the Arigatou International

Ethics Education Framework and pedagogical

approach and how it responds to the needs of

the current context.

And share each other’s contexts during

COVID-19 and implications on children and

education.

To learn how to create safe, positive and

empowering learning environments and

opportunities for children and youth while

fostering interfaith learning and collaboration.

Identify concrete ways to strengthen children’s

ability to reflect about the current situation and

respond to the ethical challenges during and

after the COVID-19 Pandemic while fostering.

Also develop strategies to ensure children’s

socio-emotional and spiritual well-being and to

empower them as agents of positive change.

The online course for teachers is part of “Faith

in Action for Children,” a global campaign

launched by Arigatou International to call on

religious leaders and communities to increase

their actions in response to the impact of the

COVID-19 pandemic on children.

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