UNICEF recognizes Kyrgyzstan’s efforts in ensuring remote learning
In a recently issued global factsheet, UNICEF also warns that unequal access to remote schooling amid COVID-19 threatens to deepen global learning crisis
Bishkek, 15 June 2020 – In the global Fact Sheet on Education during COVID-19 issued in June by UNICEF, Kyrgyzstan is recognized as one of the countries which has made significant progress on access to remote learning. The UNICEF global Fact Sheet on Education during COVID-19 noted that in Kyrgyzstan: “Children can access remote learning through online platforms, three national TV channels and two mobile network applications free of charge”.
UNICEF supported the Ministry of Education and Science of Kyrgyzstan in this effort to ensure continuous learning for all students, including for children with special needs with the translation of all lessons into sign language. Subtitles in Uzbek and Tajik languages were also provided for all video materials to ensure no child was left behind.
UNICEF Fact Sheet however warns that nearly 1.2 billion schoolchildren worldwide remain affected by school closures as they grapple with the realities of remote learning in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. UNICEF warns that inherent inequalities in access to distance learning tools and technology threaten to deepen the learning crisis.
“Access to the technology and materials needed to continue learning while schools are closed is desperately unequal. Likewise, children with limited learning support at home have almost no means to support their education. Providing a range of learning tools and accelerating access to the internet for every school and every child is critical,” said UNICEF Chief of Education Robert Jenkins.
“In Kyrgyzstan, students were offered a range of distance learning opportunities through various channels, such as television, internet, mobile phones. This has been a very positive factor to reach most children. But we know that the most vulnerable children do face challenges to learn remotely and it is therefore very important to assess how different children in different situations were able to access the remote lessons and to learn, while schools were closed. UNICEF will support the Ministry in conducting such an assessment in order to further improve the provision of distance learning and to avoid deepening inequalities in access to quality education”, said UNICEF Representative, Christine Jaulmes.
In Kyrgyzstan, not only children have been learning remotely but teachers are also provided with distance capacity building. The Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Health, with the technical support of UNICEF, started to conduct online training for all staff of preschool educational organizations on June 10 to promote the safe opening of kindergartens after quarantine measures.
The participants are being trained on how to ensure healthy, safe and secure conditions for the reopening of kindergartens across the country. The guidelines for the safe reopening of kindergartens was developed by an expert committee comprising specialists from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education and Science, as well as experts on early childhood development and Development Partners.
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