National lockdowns are hugely detrimental to children who aren't able to access education outside of school. However, initiatives all over the world are providing children with the tools to continue learning even when schools are closed. These include solar radios in Burkina Faso and educational broadcasting in Britain. As a third lockdown traps millions of British schoolchildren at home, free tablets and televised lessons are being touted as alternative ways to learn in a lockdown. Globally, two in three school-age children lack internet at home, according to the United Nations, and ensuring equal access to education has become an acute challenge in the pandemic. With governments, charities and firms scrambling to get more people online or provide alternative learning sources, here are seven initiatives underway worldwide to boost remote learning: Solar radios - Burkina Faso Burkina Faso began broadcasting lessons on radio, television and online after closing schools in March. Schools reopened for the new year in October, but radio classes continue for children in conflict-hit areas. The remote learning programme was backed by the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR), which distributed solar-powered radios, pens and notebooks across the country as well as in Mali and Niger. TV teachers - Georgia Georgia's national television ...read more...
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