Due to COVID-19, many of the world’s children have been out of school and in some developing countries for more than six months. In response, educators and families throughout the world have stepped up to the challenge with an unwavering level of commitment to ensure children continue to learn and grow, often without access to technology.
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)’s educational response work forms part of the Aga Khan Development Network’s three-pronged global COVID-19 response framework that has been developed to ensure the network can leverage its variety of agencies and partnerships to confront the COVID-19 pandemic in a coordinated way. In education, AKF has partnered with local and global stakeholders to generate new – and adapt existing – resources and support materials around three key areas:
- Supporting families to help children learn while at home
- Supporting educators to adapt to new COVID-19 compliant teaching and learning methodologies
- Supporting schools to prepare to reopen and build back better to address key learning gaps and promote safe and healthy learning environments.
Supporting students and families
To meet the demands and expectations of supporting children to learn at home, the Aga Khan Foundation has curated a number of suggested tips and resources to support children’s learning at home and to support individuals, families and children with the psychosocial support and wellbeing during the COVID-19 crisis.
The four resource documents affirm and reinforce the important role that parents and caretakers continue to have in supporting their children’s learning, growth and psychosocial support during COVID-19. The following resources are free and available for download:
Supporting Families to Help Children Learn and Grow at Home during COVID-19 – An overview and introduction to key tips and learning resources that families may consider to help their children continue to learn and grow while schools are closed during COVID-19.
12 Tips to Support Families to Help Children Learn and Grow at Home – An abbreviated set of 12 tips to provide parents and caretakers with a quick guide of suggested ideas and reflections to consider during COVID-19.
The ’12 Tips to Support Families…’ can also be accessed as free video guides, available through our Blended Learning platform, and have been translated into Russian, Tajik and three other Central Asian dialects to support very rural mountainous communities.
75 Suggested Online and Offline Learning Activities to Help Children Learn and Grow at Home – A curated set of 75 suggested offline and online learning activities and resources to support families to help children learn and develop during COVID-19.