“Back to School” by Moneezay Moeen
ISLAMABAD - It is evident that “To the uneducated an A is just three sticks” education is a valuable asset for humans that makes “A “analphabet rather than mentioned afore. Education means to know various things and explores the world of their knowledge. It is one of the primary factors in one’s life that aids them to face most of the challenges. Therefore, it is said that educated people not only live but they enjoy their life while uneducated people do not. it is the primary tool for the success of the parallel world which reveals the importance of education in itself. Therefore as observed the education helps in the finishing of one’s character, discipline, curiosity, knowledge and right livelihood. Education is the reason that educated people (social reformers, religious man, humanistic philosophers, scientists, writers, etc.) are known as the prestigious faces of the society.
subsequently, the education system that was frozen because of Pandemic is soon to restart. Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood announced on Monday that Educational institutions across the country will reopen in phases starting September 15 .it is nearly six months after the coronavirus pandemic to revive the educational institutes.
simultaneously it is important to remember that COVID-19 does not differentiate between ethnicities, disability status, age or gender. Education settings should continue to be welcoming, respectful, inclusive, and supportive to all. in the first phase, all higher education institutions including universities, professional colleges, vocational institutes, as well as classes nine till twelve will resume on Sept 15 ,a week later, on Sept 23, classes six, seven and eight will be allowed to return to schools following a review, while primary schools will be reopened on Sept 30 in the last phase as per notice.
to get on with, certain measures must be taken to prevent the spread of corona virus. According UN data, the proportion of elderly people who live with at least one child under 20 is more than 10% in most African countries, compared to less than 1% in European countries and the United States. This raises the risk that children may contract the virus at school and transmit it to parents and grandparents at home.
In developing countries, adults and the elderly generally have more contact with children than those in advanced economies due to factors such as more crowded living conditions and bigger households. Standard recommendations must be practiced to minimize the spread of COVID-19 that includesfrequent cleaning of hands using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water; covering the nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or disposable tissue when coughing and sneezing; and avoiding close contact with anyone that has a fever and cough.if the students ,faculty and those in educational institutes practice standard recommendations will keep the system in flow.
In much of the world, schools that closed in March remained closed through the summer break, and autumn will see a wave of reopenings. For millions of especially vulnerable children, however, the break may continue indefinitely. Many low-income countries lack the resources to shrink class sizes or provide everyone with masks and so are hesitant to reopen in the midst of a pandemic. In June, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said schools will likely stay shut until the danger of COVID-19 has passed. Similarly, officials in the Philippines said in-person schooling will not resume until there is a vaccine to protect against COVID-19.
In other places, ranging From China to London to Italy and many places in between, students are returning to classrooms this week after months of staying home in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Re-Opening schools is a step toward normalcy, in a changed world where the virus has killed more than 896,000 people and infected 27.5 million. Many countries see the return as imperative to jump-starting economies devastated by the pandemic.
In Britain, classrooms and schoolyards rang with the clamor of students on Tuesday morning as hundreds of thousands of children returned to classrooms in the government’s boldest bid yet to reopen society.
in China is taking an ambitious approach toward reopening schools, vowing to resume in-person classes this fall for almost all students.
in Alaska schools will likely implement multiple social distancing strategies when they reopen, including extended school dismissals at the end of the school day, as well as canceling all field trips, sports events, and extracurricular activities. The state's Department of Education also recommends that schools offer distance learning until local health officials say it is safe to reopen schools.
In Russia, which reached one million confirmed cases on Tuesday, schools opened with few precautions. Teachers and children were not required to wear masks.
Spanish students are also returning to school this month, despite a surge in cases that has made Spain the worst current hot spot in Europe.
Globally, the openings of educational institutes have hailed as a powerful sign that life is slowly getting back to normal. Lifeduring the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult for everyone. The return to school is an important and hopefully welcome step, but children are likely having many questions. students varying nationwide have responded to the reopening as,
“School is open, and I’m very excited and happy,” a sixth-grader named Li Xinnuo told a radio broadcaster in Wuhan. “I can see my classmates, whom I haven’t seen for a long time.”
“No, I want to have more holidays, “said a kindergarten student named Irtaza Aziz on a Morning show in Lahore. Various feedbacks have been observed based upon individualmindset and interest. at whole the world is looking forward to life pre covid.
By: Muneezay Moeen
the writer is an Associate Professor at University of Lahore and a Social activist.