WHAT DO WE DO TO RESPOND TO COVID EDUCATION EMERGENCY? – 7# Support to schools and parents from rural areas by Mongolian Education Alliance
The impact of the pandemic on the education systems across the globe is immense for numerous reasons. On one hand, most countries in the world have closed down schools and moved to some type of online learning which will surely impact the quality of learning but at the same time impacts the home lives of teachers, students and their parents.
The members of NEPC network promptly reacted to this situation to support and cater to the needs of their beneficiaries. In this series, we will present the activities and the practices that our members implemented, adapted or reinforced as they could serve as inspiration for other actors dealing with the implications and impact that this unexceptional circumstances had and still have on education.
In this issue, we feature the initiatives of our Mongolian member, the Mongolian Education Alliance.
Mongolian Education Alliance (MEA) serves as a CSO representative in the Education Cluster which is part of the Humanitarian Country Team that exists in most of the countries. The Education Cluster has been active in steering the work of the education sector during the school closure that started in January 27. MEA has been voicing the CSO position, especially that on equity and inclusive education issues, in the planning and response measures. As part of our community schools initiative, we are providing online support to rural schools in providing support to parents during the school closure and on TV lessons.
A discussion has been taking place with development partners in distributing MEA’s school readiness program for parents of children who didn’t have access to any pre-primary education programs in different formats (such as video and audio in addition to the print version) to vulnerable families including the herder families and children of migrant families in the capital city. We have also expressed our willingness to support the MECSS and other education agencies in developing resources and building the capacity in the area of integrated lessons/teaching and integrated homework (where more than one subject is covered in one lesson or homework) based on the parents’ reactions on their children’s workload with the TV lessons and related homework as well as our observation on how TV lessons are taught.