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Insights 2 Action

Parents are able to engage positively with their children, listen to them, direct and support their educational activities, encourage reading and creative activity, and support them to manage anxiety

Action: Assist parents to support their children in educational activities during and after the lockdown period

NPOs working in education are better able to support the government during the COVID-19 pandemic if self-organised through an accountability structure, such as NASCEE

Action: Support NPOs through NASCEE

There is a dire need for a more coordinated and sophisticated approach to managing and geo-mapping data in the education sector in South Africa, in the short term this should focus on COVID-19 related activities and funding allocations specifically for this purpose

Action: Improve efficient data collection in education

Culture matters in the education sector’s response to COVID-19

Action: Raise awareness of cultural sensitivity and COVID-19

The ability of a country to test, trace and quarantine (TTQ) is critically important. South Africa has experience and resources that will advance the efficiency and effectiveness of TTQ. There are however institutional resources that if harnessed may contribute to higher levels of success such as schools and ECD centres which are integrated into a large part of the society

Action: Support national test, trace and quarantine (TTQ) initiatives by the Department of Health,  NICD, CSIR

Effective communication will help eliminate fake news and the unnecessary distribution of the information that might be causing anxiety, particularly to learners

Action: Counter the impact of fake news on youth

There is a risk that the data privacy of learners, teachers, lecturers and parents could be abused by the government  in the name of managing the pandemic

Action: Coordinated effort from the education sector to report and advise on data privacy

The nature of exit level assessments for the 2020 academic year need to be rethought

Action: Develop or support the development of guidance protocols for school, college and university exams in 2020

Teaching and learning is more than providing content: a plethora of free online resources are available, but the ability of learners (also teachers, and parents) to engage with these resources need to be supported, also using non-technological approaches

Action: Curate online resources in a coordinated manner and monitor usage 

Nutrition matters and very urgent measures are needed to feed underprivileged children

Action: Support the delivery of nutrition during and after the lockdown period

Government can use alternative funding models to leverage and accelerate private donor and investment capital to drive large educational projects during this time

Action: Investigate and implement alternative funding models

There are few examples of metrics for assessing the effectiveness of different social distancing measures adopted in a shutdown. We need to know more about relative effectiveness of on societal cooperation with and in various measures, such as closing schools,  in  slowing the infection rate.

Action: Develop metrics for assessing the relative effectiveness of different shutdown measures such as g education in improving the quality or integrity of social distancing

Teaching practice during and after the COVID-19 pandemic will necessarily be different

Action: Innovations for Teaching Practicum in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

You can download the complete Insights-2-Action resource here.

You can also download the compendium report here: South Africa report on COVID-19’s impact on education offers key lessons


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