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Outside wall learning to close covid-19 learning gaps

students in remote areas would continue learning through collaborative networking/ online supported with hard copies of learning materials

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Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the way we work has changed and it is continuing to change with the lock down and guide lines to prevent the spread of corona virus. People are working remotely; being active parts of their team no matter where they are.

In our remote learning education, with this change, traditional, in-person teaching and training no longer fits the situation. Not only is it restrictive and costly, it does not work for covid-19 pandemic.

To this end, here is where remote learning comes in. Remote teaching and training would give our teachers the power to teach and train each and every student regardless of location.

For the start the students in remote areas would continue learning through collaborative networking/ online supported with hard copies of time tables, learning guides, and materials, text books, magazines, holiday packages, news papers and notes, as well as food to vulnerable students to be distributed through the local council at village levels

to households, besides conducting lessons online and on local radio stations, where teachers, students, parents/caregivers and local council work together.

To implement the outside wall learning, we would like to support teachers with laptop computers connected to local networks and students with smart phones to promote collaborative networking among teachers, students and parents/caregivers. Most of the students in Uganda do not have adequate access to the internet but some are already used to other ICTs, including mobile phones to chat on social media, handheld computers or digital personal assistants(PDAs), digital TV and radio, the web 2.0 and

email-based programmes, but some vulnerable students from poor families and child headed or disabled children do not have access to such, so they would need support in order to cope up with their colleagues in time.

 Often, these initiatives used several ICTs in combination and proved they could be powerful tools for enhancing remote learning in rural areas, during the covid-19 lock down, agricultural and rural development. They also demonstrated that ICTs could be used at the grassroots level, to provide remote learning for students in place of in person learning to prevent the spread of corona virus, putting technology in the hands of the communities.

Provision of smart phones to students for remote learning would be helpful as mobile phone services has been one of the most spectacular technological development in Uganda in recent years. Mobile phone service providers have developed their small, patchy networks into today's nationwide networks. With their international connections,

these networks now form part of the growing global communication. The students who cannot use smart phones well, especially the internet services, would be provided with other phones which they can send messages and ask questions, to enable all the groups to share information, also learn through peer to peer groups and share their

ideas on answering questions or explanations on some topics or lessons with their colleagues. In addition, teachers would also be supported in preparing learning materials and notes. Parents/caregivers to help students during their learning lessons, encourage their children to study hard, monitor and evaluate in collaboration with teachers both on phone and on line.

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

We are located in Lira a rural city in northern Uganda. The vast majority of the area is rural , with infrastructure lacking but the use of mobile telephones has been on the increase over the years.

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

Rural Women Youth Coordination is a community based NGO based in Lira City, working for community and rural development.

Over the years, we have been promoting the growth of mobile telephony and related services towards supporting rural communities improve their lives. In most rural areas, technology is leapfrogging, in spite of a lack of basic infrastructure, the possession of mobile phone and access to the services if offer are transforming lives, by breaking

barriers to human knowledge and education, breaking barriers to participation and social inclusion, breaking barriers to economic opportunity by giving the opportunity by giving the possibility of equitable distribution for all. Therefore, the covid-19 lockdown has indeed provided us with an exciting times to be working with ICTs for development, for example in education by remote learning. there is now need to reduce shortage of devices, applications and tools to use, so as provide the possibilities to move online or offline.

What region are you located in?

  • Eastern Africa

Where are you located?

Due to covid-19 guidelines- like social distancing, there is need to replace things like: Face to face conducting of lessons, assessments, monitoring and evaluation. No physical group discussions, except on phone and online. No presentation of group assignments and research report. No exams to be taken or organised in examination halls and centres. Because of the covid-19 lockdown, and given the abundance need of ICTs riches, it becomes ever more urgent that we work more closely together and share experiences, exploiting ICTs to tackle the pressing issues of the learning gaps posed by covid-19 lockdown.

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Hi Obua Godfrey 
Thank you for signing up to this challenge and sharing your idea with us!

I like your approach for facilitating remote learning. I can see there are multiple suggestions/solutions proposed by you at different levels. I'm curious to know whether you'll be using an existing platform for its implementation or develop a new one?

With the Ideas submission phase ending in about 5 hours, I would love for you to update your submission with any additional information from the comments (eg. reflections, questions answered, etc), to ensure that all of your insights are well captured for our evaluators. You can edit your post by hitting the Edit Contribution button at the top of your post.

Thank you and good luck!