Covid-19 is worsening inequities in our education system. With schools closed since March 13, learning has abruptly stopped for millions of children in low-income communities with limited access to technology. Teach For Pakistan Fellows are minimizing the compounding effect of learning losses by establishing innovative learning routines for students using WhatsApp, SMS, calls and learning packs, setting an example for other educators. Help us continue and grow our work of transforming lives!
While Covid-19 has affected everyone, its impact on children living in poverty is potentially devastating and long-term. With school closures likely to persist through August, students who can't access traditional online schooling via PCs and tabs will lose months of learning gains, suffer mental and emotional distress and may drop out of school. Studies suggest that learning losses due to temporary disruptions may cumulate over time and flatten the learning curve in the long-run.
Now more than ever, low-income students need teachers who innovate to keep them connected to their school, learning activities and future aspirations. Teach For Pakistan Fellows - outstanding university graduates - have pioneered approaches for their 2,500 students across rural Islamabad to continue learning via WhatsApp, SMS, calls and learning packs. They need your help to continue remote support to vulnerable children now, and meet their additional, complex learning needs when schools resume.
Studies on school closures in crises show that learning disruptions have severe, long-term consequences on children's mental and emotional health, school completion and future earnings. Low-income schools lack the capacity to diagnose and address individual needs even when kids return to school, so the learning losses accumulate. By enabling our Fellows today, you will equip 2,500 students to continue their promising education journey, and lead their communities to a safe and prosperous future.