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BEFORE SOME CAN PARTICIPATE IN E-LEARNING THEY FIRST HAVE TO BE CONNECTED

POOR HOUSEHOLDS WITHOUT WATER, ELECTRICITY & INTERNET CANNOT PARTICIPATE IN E-LEARNING

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Before COVID-19 poverty in St. Lucia and many other countries was a reality, poor households did not have electricity, water or internet, upon the arrival of COVID-19 the Government closed all schools and instituted e-learning, children from poor households apart from not having food; as they were being fed from the schools's feeding program, now have to content with the fact that they are not equipped to participate in e-learning. Before e-learning can be available to all, we must empowered poor households with improved housing infrastructure, electricity, water and internet connection so they may not be left behind. 

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

The purchasing of text books each year by parents costing thousands of dollars can be left behind and the cheaper option to download text books on a table provides less burden on poor marginalized families.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

We work with marginalized women and children and we have seen their struggle first hand so their children could continue their education during COVID-19. Poor housing, no running water, no electricity, no internet connections and no digital devices make participating in e-learning almost impossible. 

What region are you located in?

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

Where are you located?

St. Lucia is located in the Caribbean and within the North American Continent, a population of 178,000+- people, unemployment is high, gender equality is low and poverty affects a large portion of the population, specifically women headed households, many persons who worked in the Hospitality industry lost their job with COVID-19 and everyone is unsure where do we go from here.

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Thank you very much for contributing!

COVID-19 has a brought to light a slew of inequality issues and the problems you have highlighted fit right in with this. I am glad that you and your organization are working to combat inequality in St. Lucia. I would love to hear more about the specifics of your program. How can households be empowered with the resources they need, and how can households in need be identified on a large scale?

Thanks,
David

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We can access the information on households without electricity, running water, internet access and digital devices from the census data.
Empowerment should be driven primarily by those whom it is intended to benefit – poor
and excluded groups. Marginalized people and their organizations need to be in the
driving seat, whether leading on their own, with allies, or exploring and co-creating solutions with government.
Marginalized groups should be asked their priorities, their priorities should not be determined by a consultant.
And they should be empowered to repair their own houses, do their plumbing, their electrical this will create community buy in/ownership and sustainability.