After the COVID-19 lockdown began in March in Albania, teachers at NG's Amaro Tan and Nehemia Schools put together virtual classrooms from their homes, using the technology they had at hand. With blended learning mandated by the Albanian Ministry of Education in 2020-2021, we request your help in equipping 47 teachers with laptops to help them manage virtual classrooms for 647 students effectively and efficiently.
During the COVID-19 lockdown this spring, NG's teachers taught their classes from their homes. They worked heroically to keep students engaged and learning, using the tools they had at hand-- in many cases, just personal cell phones. Teaching, communicating with students, and managing homework on a tiny screen with limited data is almost impossible. Because each teacher used personal equipment, platforms and implementation varied between classes, and consistent technical support was impossible.
Providing teachers at Amaro Tan and Nehemia School with laptops to use at home as well as at school will help them teach remotely, allowing them to run virtual classrooms with enough space on the screen to see each student's face. It will enable them to review and grade homework that is submitted online, and create and distribute assignments virtually. Having all teachers on the same devices and platforms will be easier to support, and easier for students to interface with.
Teachers are carrying the future on their backs, now more than ever. They are keeping a whole generation of children learning in a time of profound disruption, providing stability, continuity, and support while reinventing their methods to accommodate physical distancing and quarantines. Providing them with the tools they need, now, will help them keep carrying the future-without breaking their backs from its weight.