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Benita Odoi: How are rural communities coping with E-understanding?

Nelson Mandela once said: “It is as a result of schooling that the daughter of a peasant can grow to be a doctor, the son of a mineworker can turn into the head of the mine, that kid from farmworkers can turn into the president of a wonderful nation”. This regular knowledge is too glaring to be disregarded and therefore education cannot be more than-emphasised.

I believe that the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Progress Plans is to be utilized universally and holistically, with a unique essential to leave no 1 powering. The accomplishment of SDG 4 – is also to advertise, not just an inclusive but also the quality and equitable schooling for all.

Indeed, the affect of COVID-19, following the indefinite closure of educational facilities, has exposed the inequality, inequity and the hole in educational sources.

The spread of COVID-19 has forced just about all afflicted international locations to resort to e-discovering. This has drastically shifted our educational program, engendering remote teaching and mastering on electronic platforms. With these kinds of on the internet mastering platforms as zoom, Google school rooms, Sakai, Echo360, Tutor school rooms and lots of much more understanding is nonetheless manufactured feasible amid the closure of discovering institutions.

Most international locations, including Ghana, have offered educationalresources on the internet for their teachers, administrators and college students. These on the internet methods are also communicated on both equally general public and private media platforms this sort of as radio and television across the region. We commend the governing administration for the GL-TV programme. 

Having said that, most persons in Ghana, especially individuals in the rural regions, deficiency entry to electricity, televisions, computers, to attain access to this information uploaded on the internet and revealed on Tv set. It is evident that this sort of persons in this bracket are lacking out and would come across it hard to cope and catch up with other students who have access to these privileges when college resumes or when sitting for their final examinations. 

Ghana has been going through inequity and inequality in its educational method for several years even just before the breakout of COVID-19. Our existing structures and unfair distribution of schooling methods have widened the knowledge gap between the privileged and the a lot less privileged in the nation.

Ghana is saddled with very poor outcomes in our Simple Education and learning Certificate Assessment (BECE) due to socio-economic barriers. In accordance to a exploration done by Anlimachie in 2019, sixty (60) percent of our population does not accomplish achievement in fundamental instruction and two-thirds of this inhabitants arrives from the rural regions. 

School buildings without libraries, school rooms, dining halls, laboratories, furniture, educating and mastering materials are some of the components accountable for inequity, inequality and poor performances so widening knowledge gap in the country. Poor infrastructure this kind of as undesirable roads, deficiency of energy, and improper accommodation for teachers deter most experienced instructors from going to the rural places when posted.  

Notwithstanding   government reforms in the academic systems over the previous many years, faculty children are nonetheless discovered learning under trees and in decrepit buildings.

Equity and equality in education is not just a suitable, but the bedrock of human, psycho-socio-political development which provides prospects for all to get intellectual capabilities. Instruction is the ideal investment a government can make to bridge the gap amongst the rich and the lousy, the literates and illiterates permit the daughter of a peasant to come to be a doctor, that boy or girl from farmworkers come to be the president of a excellent country. 

It is the gateway to develop prosperous, balanced and equitable societies. COVID-19 exposure of the ineffective use of e-learning in the state, significantly in the rural areas must be a wake-up connect with to the government to fix the instructional disparity implement policies that will target marginalized groups, take away socio-economic barriers to ensure sustainable and shared financial advancement.

Extra money should be channelled into rural infrastructural development, particularly technological innovation. Obtain to computer systems, laptops, smartphones and net need to be sufficiently and similarly dispersed involving both rural and city centres to aid students achieve the specialized skills to permit them to log on and use info assets offered on the web. Academics, administrators, lecturers, who have troubles employing these e-mastering platforms, should be offered in-provider schooling.

E-studying has become the get of the day and it has arrive to remain. Extra efforts and attention need to be targeted particularly in the rural parts on these digital finding out methods.


The writer holds a Masters diploma in Conversation Scientific tests from the Legon. She can be contacted benitaodoi225@gmail.com

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