The dark cloud of COVID-19 overshadows the world.
All aspects of our daily activities are restricted, and the lifestyles that we have never experienced are becoming our “new normal.”
We the researchers of education in Africa face dual difficulties. For one, our own lives. And for the other, difficulties faced by people in Africa and their education. Our frustration is adding up every day, as we are unable to stay by them and understand their difficulties.
However, lives do continue, and education must not stop. Schools are closed in many places and children are not studying at school in those places. But novel means of education such as online or use of radio are being pursued. These are providing learning opportunities to those people previously excluded from education. As long as this is true, good comes out of evil.
I hope lessons from today’s difficulties serve the purpose of improving education of the future in the long term, contributing to overcoming the lasting conventional problems. Such lessons will surely benefit education not only in Africa, but also in other regions.
Let us remind that we, the researchers, play important roles in this process.
I sincerely wish the health and wellbeing of all.