Covid-19 mortgages education in developing countries


In recent months, the world has been shaken by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which in a short period of time has imposed respect for the daily habits prevailing in every household across the globe. From flexible measures to drastic measures, no state shies away, because this pandemic has no regard for the rich or for the poor, nor for the great nations and even less for those who are still looking for themselves on the path of development.

Among the measures taken by most governments around the world is the closure of educational establishments of various kinds (colleges and high schools, extracurricular establishments, universities). This is easily understood because learners represent a major vector for the expansion of this pandemic, which is wreaking havoc in its path. While it is true that this measure is good, it is also true that this measure could have negative repercussions in the education sector, especially in poor countries.

In fact, schoolchildren, pupils and students in poor countries have benefited, like those in major nations, since the beginning of March 2020, from short-term or indefinite leave in certain countries where the evil is raging relentlessly. These moments of confinement to stem the spread of the virus, have in reality nothing to do with the period of leave, during which the learners bask, have fun to better start a new academic year. But the lack of awareness leads these learners to choose the path to beaches and places of entertainment. This is evidenced by the example of Senegalese and Ivorian learners. This state of affairs is not likely to ensure the high success rate of the latter, once the crisis is combined with the past. It is therefore urgent to find the mechanism to sensitize these souls on this subject.

In addition, no measure of monitoring and continuity of courses that is possible at a distance has been concretely taken for the time being by the governments of poor countries in order to ensure better results for learners at the end of this academic year as in some developed countries. In France, for example, the Ministry of National Education has set up an educational platform for distance learning courses for learners from CP to terminal "My class at home", accessible to all learners on a computer, a tablet or smartphone. Even if we agree on the lack of means to compete with the educational policy of the major nations, it is nonetheless obvious that each country has an intelligentsia, capable of offering alternative solutions for the support of learners. during this time of crisis.

Poor countries, which aspire to development, should therefore not lower their guard at the level of the education sector because of the pandemic, because as Danton said so well "After bread, education is the first need of a people ".

Franciscan DOSSOU-YOVO

German teacher in high schools and colleges, Franciscain DOSSOU-YOVO is a young enthusiast of general culture and technology. Convinced that each individual has a role to play in the development of the community cause, he has worked for years in various youth organizations dedicated to development and social impacts.

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