Celebration of International Literacy Day

Posted by | Nov 03, 2021 |

Helping underprivileged children attend online schooling

The closure of schools for long periods as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the education of children in more ways than one, bringing about the need for alternative ways to continue learning. This has resulted in a shift to technology-enabled learning. Unfortunately, the social inequalities, further magnified due to the pandemic, have made it difficult for children from the most disadvantaged households to access and participate in such opportunities due to many reasons. The non-availability of infrastructure, facilities, knowledge, and more importantly, the inability to obtain suitable devices required to participate in online study programmes have interrupted the learning of many children.

In this backdrop, on a request made by St. John Bosco’s College in Kaluaggala, Hanwella a small village about 30 km away from the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, the Inner Wheel Club of Colombo (District 322) made a presentation of a host of devices to the school to be gifted to underprivileged children who have not been able to secure required devices to follow online school.

The presentation was made on the 8th of September to celebrate UNESCO International Literacy Day under the theme for this year “Literacy for human-centred recovery: Narrowing the digital divide”.

Nisrin Jafferjee