COVID-19 is considered as the most critical global health calamity of the century.
Triggering devastating crises in many domains and severely disrupting the global economy, it has become one of the most difficult challenges that humankind faced.
As part of the effort to contain the spread of the virus, schools and universities were closed to limit interactions while the healthcare system was coping with the global pandemic, which has affected educational systems worldwide. Thence, many countries opted to continue teaching academic programs on online platforms, such as group video programs or distance education, which was an opportunity to try out remote education and encourage people to engage with online classes in the future.
However, despite the enormous efforts made by the ministry of health in Tunisia, education was shut down for six whole months for most of the school levels. Unlike other countries, the authorities couldn’t afford online teaching facilities for every Tunisian student.
To solve this problem, the Tunisian government could have spent more money on the education department. After all, it is the most crucial sector because educating our generation is more important for the sake of a better future. Furthermore, they should have used a part of the donations raised in collecting devices for the lower-class pupils so that they have access to online learning. Finally, online courses should have been introduced more professionally and practiced regularly and seriously.
On the other hand, the First Skills Club association continued delivering technology courses despite difficult circumstances. The staff could not overlook their mission and believed that they should transmit knowledge to the mentees even at hard times. Consequently, they put laborious efforts in this new challenge and managed successfully to complete their various courses ranging from mobile app development to video editing, robotics, and 3D design. They were a source of inspiration as they contributed to encouraging others to take benefit of their time and to be more productive during the outbreak.
The new concept of online learning opened the eyes of the First Skills Club members to its several benefits. First of all, the mentees are not bounded to physical class sessions and can adequately access the course from home without having to struggle with transport. Besides, getting used to studying on the internet motivates them to seek more knowledge and pick online programs of their choices. Furthermore, they will develop their time management skills, as they will arrange a learning schedule that meets their individual needs.
To conclude, the government proved a great sense of responsibility and saved the lives of lots of people. However, it still lacks focus on the field of education, and if online teaching becomes common and widespread in every domain, it will represent a huge step towards the advancement of our country.