With schools around the world closed due to COVID-19, educators everywhere have been exploring ways to teach students, even at a distance. Education is a core activity of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), and in the midst of the current crisis, we are finding unique ways to ensure that displaced children have the opportunity to learn and thrive.
For many forcibly displaced children, there are significant challenges to successful distance learning. Most lack access to the internet, technology, and stable electricity, and living environments may not be conducive to learning. For forcibly displaced children with disabilities, even greater challenges exist, as they are deprived of the specialized support and instruction they can receive from teachers in a learning environment.
Despite these challenges, JRS is responding and adapting its programs to continue to educate children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read our report, Protecting the Future: Education Response During COVID-19 to find out more about our learnings and case studies from the field.