Robbie Couch of the Huffington Post is reporting that radio stations in Sierra Leone are broadcasting lessons to children in response to the halt in schooling due to the Ebola breakout in 2014. Couch writes:
“Classrooms are empty in Sierra Leone, but education hasn’t ground to a halt. School has yet to resume after last year’s summer break in the West African country due to the rapid spread of Ebola throughout 2014. According to AFP, more than 1 million school-aged kids in Sierra Leone — one of the hardest-hit nations of the epidemic — have been out of class for several months.
Students, however, have utilized radio to stay focused on learning. In October, the Sierra Leone government partnered with UNICEF and a variety of developmental organizations to launch a radio education program for school-aged kids, NPR reported.
The program runs on 41 government radio stations, in addition to the country’s sole television channel, according to NPR. Instructors create hour-long teaching sessions for younger children — who listen in the morning — and older students — who tune in later in the day.”
The measure was put in place to ensure that children’s rights to education are not disrupted.
Read more at the Huffington Post.