Children have been out of the classroom since the start of the pandemic. Virtual classes haven’t been able to match the standard of education in-person schooling. Setting up an online infrastructure for virtual schooling, tackling technical illiteracy among the masses, and facing technical difficulties all along is no easy task. This has resulted in a significant loss of learning. Research has shown that remote learning has resulted in an academic setback for students around the world.
However, the coronavirus hasn’t just put a stop to physical schooling but also taken away the only asset children have: their families. Losing your parents to a tragic pandemic leaves a gaping hole in your heart and fate because you have to sustain yourself while managing your grief.
Poverty and the Pandemic
Most of the children in India, orphaned by COVID-19, don’t even have access to basic education due to socio-economic barriers. But reviving this sector and making education available to every orphan in the country can rebuild the economy in the post-COVID era.
Needless to say, this pandemic has left a huge dent on every aspect of the country’s economy, from education to export earnings. The financial markets have become unusually volatile due to the constant shocks surfacing from the pandemic such as the supply-side shortage from China, the fiscal shock due to the public health emergency, and fluctuating oil prices.
These turbulences have impacted the ground reality for many surviving on the brink of the poverty line. It has meant the loss of livelihoods, no income, no savings, no access to healthcare, and certainly no way to practice health guidelines such as social distancing, wearing masks, etc.
Digitization and the Learning Curve
Since most labor-intensive commercial businesses had to be shut down, a lot of people were furloughed or fired with no pay at a dire time. The only industry that could barely thrive was e-commerce because it didn’t entirely depend on physical interaction. But not every business model can be digitized, and even if it can, the employees will need the necessary training to adapt to the digital mode of operations. A pre-requisite for that is secondary education and familiarity with software and hardware required to build a digital infrastructure.
How Education Can Help
For India, it’s a constant uphill climb with little hope to conquer the learning curve. Providing education to the youth, especially those orphaned by the pandemic, can help turn things around in the long run. With basic learning and a route to acquire secondary and post-secondary education, these children will enter the labor force, fully-equipped to handle the curveballs that come their way. Education can make the learning curve less steep and progress much faster.
We, at Orphan Life Foundation, are collecting funds for child literacy projects, baby adoption centers, and orphanage charity organizations in India. Join hands with us to stop the pandemic from wrecking more lives than it already has! Contact us for more details.