Fiji Sun : 2020-05-12

COMMENT : 8 : 8


FIJI SUN | TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2020 | FIJISUN.COM.FJ comment 8 your views The Fiji Sun is published on behalf of the proprietor­s by Peter Lomas at 12 Amra Street, Walu Bay, Suva, Fiji Education at home is important ‘A good newspaper is a nation talking to itself’ LETTERS Publisher/CEO Peter Lomas (M) 9990712 S Nemani Delaibatik­i nemani.delaibatik­i@ (M) 9777236 Jyoti Pratibha (Explanator­y Journalism) Maika Bolatiki (Special Projects) Leone Cabenatabu­a (Sports) Maraia Vula (Business) maraia.vula@fijisun. Rosi Doviverata (News/ Digital) rosi.doviverata@fijisun. Naisa Koroi (Design) Ranoba Baoa (Production) Managing Editors chool children and young Fijians in tertiary facilities around the country who have been impacted by the closure of schools and institutio­ns are part of the 1.6 billion children around the world facing the same scenario. COVID-19, while dealing a massive death blow to 283,868 lives around the world (as of 5pm yesterday), has impacted the education of young people, including Fiji. As this deadly virus spread its tentacles across the globe, government­s decided to close schools and tertiary institutio­ns in a bid to stem the spread of the disease to the younger generation. History has shown that this phenomenon has never happened on such a large scale where so many children have been out of school at the same time, disrupting learning and upending lives, especially the most vulnerable and marginalis­ed. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is presently working with partners to keep schools safe and students learning, in classrooms but mainly home, online and offline – wherever they are. A UNICEF report noted this was done through different methods which included distance learning options for students to ensure continuity and to help parents, guardians and teachers access remote education resources and support during either quarantine, lockdown or restrictio­ns. Mediums used included television, radio and The bottomline is whichever ways are being used to keep our children abreast and updated on their curriculum, the onus is on parents or guardians to see that this is being implemente­d in the homes. Schools are providing the learning materials for children but seeing this materialis­e and that children are actually carrying out the school works is one big question. Understand­ably, these are trying times and there are a lot of worries on the minds of the parents and especially the breadwinne­rs who keep thinking about the next meal. These are times when there are a lot of other things that is being fretted over. But these are very important times in that our children could lose that interest in school work if we do not sit with them for a few hours each day to go over their school work. If parents cannot do this because they have other things to worry about, delegate the supervisio­n of the school work to older family members if one can’t find the time. Our children must not be left idle or allowed to become enveloped in online games. These are critical times and if we allow them to drift from the learning habit they had pre-COVID_19 then you can be rest assured they will struggle when school reopens. UNICEF has planned five ways to keep your children learning during this COVID-19 pandemic: Plan a routine together Have open conversati­ons Take your time Protect children online Stay in touch with your children’s education facility Remember, their future could well depend on what happens from now until school opens. Osea Bola Sports Editor online. Shratika Naidu,fj North Editor West Editor Waisea Nasokia Rachna Lal Advertisin­g Manager Rajiv Raj (M) 9959123 rajiv.raj@fijisun. Circulatio­n and Marketing Manager Suva headquarte­rs 20 Gorrie Street, Suva (P) 3307555 (F) 3311455 Suva sales office 29 Gladstone Road, Suva (P) 3309144 North office Labasa TISI Sangam Building, Shop 4 Main Street, Naseakula Road, Labasa (P) 8815613 ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Nadi office Morarji Kalidas Town Centre Main Street, Nadi (P) 6708088 Lautoka office Shop No. 5, Vakabale St (Opposite Lautoka Bus Stand) (P) 6665001 CHARLES CHAMBERS Letters are published at the editor’s discretion and may be edited for clarity, legality or editorial space. Provide a telephone number for verificati­on purposes. Feedback: Write to your SUN Mail your letters to the Editor, Fiji Sun, Private Mail Bag, Suva, by fax on 331 1455 or by email to

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