My one wish for this period is for us to channel those powerful emotions into tomorrow, rather than raging at today, as tomorrow is going to need us more than ever. Our lives will be changed, that’s for sure, in the months and years to come. These are the four major changes that the world will experience:
- Oxfam estimates that 4billion people will be pushed into poverty;
- People will not have a job to go back to;
- Those with jobs (not the super-rich, but ordinary working people) will feel the financial pinch of low savings rate, higher taxes, more expensive cost of goods;
- A number of children will be discombobulated from this period, either from being taken out of school, disruption to their routines, experience of violence and sexual abuse in the home, separation of parents, and yes, anxiety too.
In the second of my series of about a post-COVID19 world, I am going to look at item 4, on how we can support children whilst they are at home. The first thing to address is parental anxiety that their children are missing out on education.
But first, this. This is one of the most profound words I have read in recent times:
Dear parents, this is the time for them to learn more about they things they need to learn more about, namely the world, people, creativity, inspiration and out of the box thinking. This is the time too, to spend quality time with them learning together. There’s so much we can do with children and for ourselves.
One of the most exciting news for me is that David Attenborough (!!!!!) is teaching Geography lessons!!! He has long been a hero of mine, and I am so looking forward to this.
Apart from Attenborough’s geography lessons, BBC offers a wealth of other learnings, including more formal core subjects. You can find the link here:
Today, my partner is doing animation with my thirteen-year-old goddaughter.
They downloaded Stop Motion for the video editing programme and have been on Zoom with each other learning how to use Garage Band.
Their education journey into this exciting world of film does not stop here. My partner has been collecting bits to build a stage for their production. Royal Opera House teaches how:
My partner is a finance guy, so he is learning too. And he is more excited that his student, I think. For Myla, his student, she gets the benefit of exciting guidance and undivided attention from an inspired non-professional teacher, as well as quality time from a surrogate parent. It’s a win-win situation, I think, and an opportunity for children to learn to look at the world from a perspective that is filled with joy and hope during this pandemic.