Many children received no education after schools closed all across the continent in March 2020 and a lot of the children had no instructions, feedback, or interaction with their teachers. Some classes were taught over radio or television, but the program was standardized for everyone and therefore too difficult to understand for the younger learners. While tech solutions brought some good ideas into the remote-education world, they relied on technologies that many families didn’t have the access to. The other problem was poor and expensive data connectivity, which made students prioritize the educational material they downloaded to more complex topics like science or math. Studying independently caused a lot of stress and anxiety to the students- when the contact with the school community disappeared- students felt alone and without any support to navigate through this difficult journey.
It’s clear that education remains one of the top priorities in the continent with the youngest population in the whole world – over 200 million people are aged between 15 and 24. In a continent where the quality of education varies a lot, eventually, everyone had to find a way for distance learning.