More than 1.5 billion children worldwide have been affected by school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The right to education is infringed particularly for children from educationally-disadvantaged communities, as they often lack technical equipment and a positive learning environment. Despite the pandemic and its long-term consequences, together with tesa, we responded to this exceptional situation and give children worldwide the chance for a better future.
Education Connects: Together Everywhere.
Our goal is to strengthen societal cohesion, between communities and families. We provide a protective umbrella over the growing generation.
With education being an essential factor contributing to crisis management, it helps to break the cycle of poverty in the short-term and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
From the very beginning, children are actively engaged and empowered in our projects and partnerships. The children of tesa employees were also able to contribute their opinions and questions in a conversation with the CEOs of Save the Children and tesa.
worldwide corona support
Instead of developing a single project, we are working with tesa to develop successful, evidence-based education programs as part of our global COVID-19 response.
The ever-changing situation during the COVID-19 pandemic requires us to constantly adapt to new risks and opportunities in order to reach the most neglected children. Our global strategy therefore aims to respond quickly and flexibly to the impact of COVID-19. Our teams of experts work with local children and families to develop action plans to mitigate the consequences of the pandemic.
COVID-19 emergency response in India
The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken India to the point that the healthcare system is on the verge of collapse. The crisis has come to a head and the consequences have been dire. The seriously ill lack for everything - hospital beds, oxygen, and medicines are all running out. Under these conditions, children suffer from not only the virus itself, but also from the loss their relatives, the stability of their home lives, and their schools. Our emergency response in India thus focuses on their protection throughout the crisis.
tesa is donating an additional €250,000 for the COVID-19 emergency response in India. These funds will be used to build new health centers to treat those who are infected. We will also be able to provide COVID-19 home care kits, basic nutrition packages, as well as learning and play sets.
- We support parents and guardians in order for their children to develop healthily and learn through play. We advise them, for example, on how to promote psychosocial well-being in everyday family life, and support families with the necessary technical equipment for homeschooling. We develop creative play and craft activities for children to learn through play.
- We support teachers by developing interactive homeschooling formats together with other partners and using appropriate methods such as offline and online apps, YouTube videos and radio broadcasts.
- We advise ministries of education and use our expertise to help school systems, communities and families prioritize children's learning and development. Furthermore, we accompany the returning to normal school process operationally and strengthen digital education in schools.
GLOBAL REACH, LOCAL FOCUS
We process our findings and develop evidence-based models that can be adapted and scaled in different countries.
OUR JOINT ACTIVITIES AND LOCATIONS:
Our MISSION in China:
In China, Save the Children has focused on early childhood education and primary schooling for many years. We work closely with parents and guardians, teachers and communities to strengthen children's rights. The focus is on children aged 0-12 years. Thanks to the financial support of tesa, we will intensify our educational work for more than 100,000 children aged 10-12 years within the framework of ‘education connects. Together worldwide.’: We have strengthen their self-confidence, socio-emotional development and resilience. We also make an important contribution to the digitalization of curricula, the development of interactive formats and materials for virtual teaching.
Our MISSION in Vietnam:
In Vietnam millions of children are affected by the pandemic, as they were not able to learn during the 3-months school closures. To recover and close the education gaps created during the lockdown, will take a considerable amount of time in Vietnam. A strong "digital divide" has become apparent, caused because internet is not widely available, hence students from poorer families struggle to access education. Therefore, we support distance learning opportunities as well as alternative methods in families and communities to better support the most disadvantaged children.
Save the Children also advises the Vietnamese government on how to ensure the continuity of education in crises and disasters.
Our mission in India:
India has made remarkable progress in the field of education over the last few decades: since 2009, school attendance for children aged 6-14 years has been compulsory and free of charge. Nevertheless, the Indian education system faces enormous challenges. Many children cannot go to school - especially children of migrant workers, street children and girls who are forced into marriage as minors. In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, India is struggling with mass school closures, affecting 320 million school children. Child labor, child trafficking, child abuse, and poverty are increasing. We want to ensure that these children can continue to learn.
“Build Back Better”: Keeping Education Alive for Children after the Pandemic
As part of our partnership with tesa, Save the Children is active in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The state has the second highest population in India mainly made up of day laborers, agricultural workers, and migrants.
Save the Children has been supporting schools in the Haveli Taluka district for four years. This has led to a trusting cooperation with the district administration. Thanks to tesa's generous support, we are now able to reach girls and boys in 40 more schools and preschools affected by school closures and lockdowns. By expanding our work, we are able to provide additional support to nearly 10,000 people, including the school children themselves, their families, administrative staff in the schools, and public employees in the education sector.
Bal Rakshak: How Community Volunteers Support Local Children’s Learning
As part of the community outreach, Save the Children introduced the concept of ‘Bal Rakshak’, which translates to ‘Protector of Children’. Bal Rakshaks are volunteers from the community who reach out to the children and accompany them intensively in their learning. They receive a small renumeration for their work.
OUR mission in Mexico:
Even before the pandemic, disadvantaged children had little chance of receiving adequate nutrition and healthcare in Mexico. Every second child is exposed to domestic violence. Now, in the current situation, the well-being and education of more than 40 million children are at stake. Our mission helps 300,000 children in Mexico and provides a stable, positive learning environment for them. Through this, we protect children from domestic violence, provide psychosocial assistance and food packages. We provide technical equipment and creative learning and craft materials. Furthermore, we advise the Mexican Ministry of Education in order to ensure the safe operation of schools.
Our mission in Italy:
Italy has been massively affected by the crisis since February 2020. Save the Children has been involved from day one, first with rapid emergency aid and now through a gradual transition to a new normal. Save the Children is committed to ensuring that children continue to learn and grow up in a self-determined manner during and after the crisis. Our initiative "Rewriting the Future" is aimed at 100,000 children in 30 Italian cities.
Among other things, we work closely with schools and teachers to rethink classrooms and further develop learning environments. We offer advanced training on digital education because digital learning will remain enormously relevant even after the crisis. We train volunteers to organize extracurricular activities to support especially disadvantaged children and help them close their learning gaps.
Our mission in Germany:
More than a fifth of all children and young people in Germany are at risk of poverty and therefore have demonstrably lower educational opportunities. The corona pandemic hits these disadvantaged children and young people particularly hard. Not only are their parents more frequently affected by corona-related unemployment, but they often belong to those occupational groups that receive little short-time work benefit. In addition, numerous essential support services were no longer available during the lockdown. They also have a hard time in the area of homeschooling. They often lack both the necessary technical equipment and sufficient space for undisturbed learning. As the pandemic season has made clear, we live in a world that is becoming increasingly digital. Without compensatory measures, progressive digitization will further increase educational inequality.
More than a fifth of all children and young people in Germany are at risk of poverty and therefore have demonstrably lower educational opportunities. The COVID-19 pandemic hits these disadvantaged children and young people particularly hard.
The increasing digitalization offers new opportunities for greater educational equality. Therefore, we strengthen digital education in schools located in socially disadvantaged communities: We create spaces for creative work and experimenting. In those spaces, children and their teachers learn how to produce videos with green screens, how to create headphone holders with 3D printers and how to ensure protect their data on the internet. At the same time, we develop digitally taught classes and train teachers in digital education to make school lessons in Germany fit for the digitized future.
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