Is education undergoing an existential crisis?
Existential crisis, also known as existential dread, are moments when an individual questions whether their lives have meaning, purpose, or value, and are negatively impacted by the contemplation.
Evidently, many education institutions are facing an existential crisis. The reality of the situation has forced them to adopt a response to a study that has ultimately never been done before in the history of mankind.
The teachers have had to adopt to new roles, to ensure that empathy and language used virtually to communicate to a non-visible audience is top notch, to be able to achieve the set goals as per the syllabus.
Back in the day, teachers were the hub of knowledge, it’d require the math teacher to attend physically to be able to give knowledge to his pupils. Good enough, information is now available on the internet, anyone can access, some families have embraced home schooling for their children.
In one of our previous blogs we highlighted how the pandemic is affecting students.
Amidst this pandemic, Institutions and students require innovation to be able to cope with the situation, it’s a challenge most societies especially the people in our communities can’t afford. Parents have been laid off their jobs, unable to sustain an online education system that’s been presented by the few noble institutions.
With no idea how long the extended lockdowns will last, a lot of young people undergoing education are left on hold with anxiety of what the future holds for them.
The transition to online courses is only one of the many ways that the COVID19 crisis is having an impact on education.
It goes without say that there is a clear gap between students or children that can afford adopting to the changes brought about by the pandemic towards education and those that would love to but do not have access to the opportunity.
A high percentage of struggling countries have a very low receptive rate towards technology, most schools don’t use computers at all through the junior education. Most children don’t start using computers until they are teenagers.
Such unprecedented times require strong and well informed leadership from these institutions to administer an education in the most relatable and relevant manner. Parents or societal involvement and support to the students is also a must have.
Otherwise, education in the future will be a luxury the majority cannot afford, a system most students can’t relate with.
Lenoir foundation continues to support and provide opportunities to children in struggling communities by empowering these children that were set back by the pandemic.
As the dust settles in some of our communities, we shall keep our commitment because we strongly believe education serves as a keystone in improving society and building better futures for all.