Nairobi, 05 October, 2020 / 8:27 pm (ACI Africa).
On the annual World Teachers’ Day marked October 5, the leadership of the international refugee organization of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has highlighted the role the teachers engaged in the organization’s programs have been playing globally including in Africa amid COVID-19.
“From the very first days of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers have been providing students with holistic social and emotional support, rich learning opportunities, and safe learning environments that have allowed them to continue to learn, thrive, and determine their own future,” the leadership of JRS says in a report published Monday, October 5.
In the landlocked country of Chad where schools have been closed since March 19 due to COVID-19, “teachers moved their instruction from the classroom to the community, donning personal protective equipment,” the leadership of the 40-year-old agency says.
The teachers have also been able to visit students and families in their homes to teach them about COVID-19, including how to prevent its spread, officials of the agency, which runs seven refugee camps in the North-Central African nation add in the report obtained by ACI Africa.
In Malawi where COVID-19 struck as students were preparing for end of year exams, JRS teachers “quickly moved exam preparation sessions to the community radio broadcast station,” the agency’s officials have reported.