New online service for educators affected by pandemic

GRANDVILLE—The World Literacy Foundation announced the development of an interactive online service offering resources for educators who have been affected by the indefinite school lockdown as a result of COVID-19.

The purpose behind the streaming service was born out of the coronavirus lockdown of classrooms of an estimated 25 million teachers in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Latin America.

“Regardless of a teacher’s location, with a mobile phone, they can access for free hundreds of hours of presentations, research, best practices, podcasts, teacher tools and resources,” said foundation CEO Andrew Kay. “In a month, our team designed a digital, remote learning platform, specifically for teachers in rural, remote and isolated communities.”

The online resource was developed in five weeks and offers 600 pieces of suitable content for educators from varying backgrounds and languages.

According to the latest available data from UNESCO, 1.57 billion students have been affected by school closures in more than 190 countries worldwide.

“Just as COVID-19’s impact has no borders, its solutions must not have borders, as it requires the collaboration across public and private sectors to ensure every educator remains engaged and continues to learn,” McKay said.

Founded in Australia in 2003, the World Literacy Foundation’s U.S. headquarters is in Grandville. For more information, visit www.worldliteracyfoundation.org.

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