I had the opportunity to visit teachers at Nehemia School last month, and I wish you could have been there too. Seriously! Using funds raised through GlobalGiving and our other platforms, we were able to get new laptops for all the teachers who needed them, making their jobs much easier during a very difficult year. Group size limits meant that classes were divided all year long in the upper grades, with up to half of the students watching class online in an auxiliary classroom. At various times during the year, temporary lockdowns sent the whole school home. For both of these circumstances, the portability of the laptops made things much easier and better-- and, going forwards, the laptops will make a host of tasks easier and more efficient.
I got to be the one they thanked in person, with big smiles and great enthusiasm, but the thanks are for you, who joined me in supporting this campaign. In a challenging year, please know that you made a real difference for a hardworking group of teachers!
If you wish to continue supporting NG's education programs in Albania, you can do that here.
Pogradec, Albania is currently designated as a COVID-19 hot spot, and high schools throughout the city have been all online for the past two weeks. Last week, elementary and middle schoolers also stayed home and participated in their classes online.
Nehemia School students were among those who had to stay home. Thanks to your donations, students at the high school experienced substantially less disruption than during last year's lockdowns. Teachers at the high school are equipped with new laptops. They have been using them all school year, as the school limits the number of students in each classroom and some students watch lessons via video every day. Additionally, students who have potential COVID-19 exposure are encouraged to stay home and learn online rather than coming to school and risking infecting others. Daily use of online teaching tools and techniques means that our high school teachers were prepared when high school went virtual two weeks ago-- leading to better instruction and interaction for students and teachers.
We are still seeking donations to equip our elementary school teachers, however. Many of them are still working from cell phones, which greatly limits their ability to connect with students as a group and to use online resources such as SchoolMe (an Albanian-specific educational platform). You can support them here.
In Albania, COVID-19 is far from over. Widespread access to vaccines is a ways off, as it is for most smaller, poorer countries. People recognize that they must find ways to live with the virus for now-- including helping young people continue to learn even when they cannot be in their classrooms.
Thanks to your generous donations, we have been able to purchase laptops for ten teachers at Nehemia School in Pogradec, Albania. At this time, although students are coming to school every week, distancing requirements within classrooms mean that some students are having to learn virtually in a separate location. This hybrid instruction model is far easier for the teachers to maintain using the new laptops. As cases of COVID-19 increase in Albania, both students and teachers are able to maintain schooling even if some of them are quarantined at home. COVID-19 testing results take several days; better tools for distance learning mean that students and teachers who have been exposed to the virus need not miss learning or teaching.
This campaign is ongoing, and many of our teachers still need laptops. You can still contribute here.
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