Distance learning is developing children’s digital literacy during the COVID-19 crisis

U prošlonedjeljnom istraživanju Ipsosa, sprovedenom uz podršku UNICEF-a, većina roditelja je rekla da su njihova djeca poboljšala znanja o korišćenju novih tehnologija kako bi pratila školski program preko interneta

Jelena Perovic
Digital literacy visual
UNICEF Crna Gora / Duško Miljanić / 2017
14 May 2020

PODGORICA, 29 APRIL 2020 – In a survey conducted last week by Ipsos, with the support of UNICEF, most parents said that their children had learned to use new technologies better in order to follow the school curriculum online. One in every two parents believes that the development and presentation of teaching materials on television and the internet should continue even after this crisis.

“The results of the research testify to the success of the #UčiDoma (#LearnAtHome) project and the capacities of our educational system, but also send a message about the necessity of digitalization, which the Ministry of Education has set as a priority for the upcoming period. In order to improve the quality of teaching, due to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Education, with the support of UNICEF, will organize training for primary and secondary school teachers across the country on the use of Office 365 digital tools for interactive learning. In this way, we wish to ensure long-term improvements in the education system by strengthening the digital literacy of both teachers and children,” said Milica Micunovic, Adviser at the Ministry of Education.

Teachers from every school in Montenegro will participate in this training, which will be conducted by IT experts from the Ministry of Education according to the already accredited programme. Given that all schools have Office 365 digital tools, this training will improve the quality of teaching in the digital age in the long run.

Visual for digital literacy
UNICEF Crna Gora / Duško Miljanić / 2017

“According to the survey conducted last week by Ipsos, with the support of UNICEF, most parents are satisfied with how the schools and kindergartens have responded to the coronavirus crisis. More than half of them are not concerned that children might lose their working habits due to the closure of schools and kindergartens. This data and the fact that the initiative #Učidoma (#LearnAtHome) was successfully implemented in a very short time speak of the great potential of the Montenegrin education system to quickly transform itself into an even more modern and higher-quality educational system for the digital age. UNICEF will certainly support this process, not only during the coronavirus crisis, but after it, as well,” says Michaela Bauer, Acting Head of the UNICEF Office in Montenegro.

Immediately after the schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Education organized the continuation of teaching via television and the internet. According to the survey conducted at the end of March by Ipsos, with the support of UNICEF, over two-thirds of citizens have watched the TV channel "Learn at Home" at least once in the previous week, and most of them were satisfied with the quality of the content.

New initiatives are planned for the autumn and they will enable even more teachers to undergo training on the effective use of Office 365 digital tools in class.