Covid which came a like a storm which none could stand, the world went indoors and yet we lost and are still losing numerous lives. Education did not make it to the priority list for most of us and who is to blame, who can be held accountable? This question haunts every parent and student who has lost these years of learning and is still living in the shadow of an uncertain future. Further, we will be dealing with the key areas which are responsible and contributed largely to this humongous loss of education.
Inequality of income:
India is a country where there is always a huge gap in the distribution of income which leads to a major chunk of the population living in poverty and having difficulty in making ends meet for themselves. Farmers and other low-income class people who find it difficult to send their children to school are now being hit by this pandemic and thus it has made this impossible for them to educate their kids. This has placed the future of these children in jeopardy.
The remoteness of location:
Location plays a major role in a country like India as we are still developing and electricity has not yet reached in many rural areas, so there is no connectivity and thus the online format of learning goes out of the picture. Thus, so many young minds are taken away from the opportunity to learn.
Data concerning school dropouts:
UNESCO recently released a projection covering 180 countries, estimating that 24 million children may not return to education in 2020 due to the pandemic. The largest share of learners at risk of not returning to school is in south and west Asia. The 24 million children who may never return to education are in addition to the 258 million who were already out of school before the crisis in the pre-primary to university level.
We need to collectively take steps to get out of this situation. Thus, we should just not expect the government to take all the steps to bring all the educational records back to the status quo rather we as individuals should work our way up to bring better and more progressive learning for the students who are even in the most remote parts of the country. Here are some steps which we could take to bring about this change.
Allocation of a larger amount of budget to the education sector:
In a post-pandemic world, we have to make sure that a larger amount of budget must be allocated to the education sector to ensure speedy redressal of the current deteriorating condition of the same.
Additional aids to the children :
Aids by the government will act as a catalyst to bring back the kids, it will not only enhance the chances of admissions but also help the poor families in educating their children and ensuring their bright future.
Tech friendly country:
To ensure a post covid world where no section of the society is left underdeveloped, a key area to be kept in mind is the technological upliftment of rural areas of the country.
Thus, we may take this pandemic as a test in which we failed in several areas especially in the education and medical sector and so as it is always said that failure is a step to success, we must treat this as the same and built these sectors in a manner that no future pandemics can break.
Content by – Namrata Pandey