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Back to School: The light of knowledge shines brighter

  • 16 February 2022

The transition to online education in 2020 has brought out previously unknown skills in us; the lessons from 2020 provide a vast canvas on which to imagine how we can strengthen the educational system in order to develop students into independent learners and thinkers with the ability to make a positive impact on the world. For children, teachers, and parents, it was demanding, stressful and frustrating. Our creative adaptations, on the other hand, will undoubtedly pay off in the long run.

In the aftermath of the pandemic, we are in a unique position to implement blended learning methodologies and have a good impact on education. Researchers agree that blended learning is the future. Remote learning has put the onus on the student. Combining the two modalities of instruction can solve some of the problems with traditional learning models while also providing new ways to accommodate to different learning styles. In-person education is unquestionably supreme. For many students, school is a haven of structure, calm, and safety in an otherwise dangerous and chaotic world. Safety is now a top priority as students return to school.

We are confident that regular sanitization of the premises, thermal screening, physical distancing, wearing of masks, respiratory hygiene, and hand hygiene will make students and staff feel safe, and that our back to school experience will be stimulating and enriching thanks to our effective and innovative learning and interaction modules. Food for thought as we prepare to return to school in person, we as educators must unlearn our deep-seated anxieties that giving our children “agency” will cause them to “waste time.” We must design environments that allow students to choose their own pace of learning and direction of education.

The future generation classrooms are where the students can learn for themselves, so we need to give them that autonomy. As a result, build an environment in which they can thrive as self-directed learners. Let us not hide our light under a bushel, let it shine, let it shine!

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