Education during COVID-19

Here’s how children in India are feeling about learning at home during COVID-19.

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    How is COVID-19 affecting parents’ mental health

    Being a parent is a daily challenge and faced with the realities of COVID 19, social distancing and self-quarantine, it may be a struggle. For parents, the best way to help their children is to firstly take care of themselves.

    Self-care during these times is not selfish because it enables the caregivers to be there for their children as a stable, calm and soothing parent. This way, parents will also be able to better understand their children and help them feel reassured, relaxed and focused.

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      COVID Vaccine Ambassador Training: How to Talk to Parents

      In collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions, IVAC faculty have just launched a free online course, “COVID Vaccine Ambassador Training: How to Talk to Parents.”

      Designed for parents, teachers, and school staff, this online course aims to provide “vaccine ambassadors” with the tools to discuss concerns about COVID-19 vaccines with people in their communities. The self-paced course teaches adults how to have respectful and empathetic conversations with parents and guardians who remain hesitant about vaccination for their children, even if they are vaccinated themselves.

      The goal of the course is to empower more people to communicate with parents in the U.S. who have concerns about vaccinating their children, despite the availability of safe, effective, and free COVID-19 vaccines for children ages five and up. In recent weeks, COVID-19 hospitalizations in children have spiked to record levels, including among unvaccinated children ages 5 and up who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 672 children age 17 and under were admitted to hospitals every day with COVID-19 during the week ending Sunday, January 2—the highest such number of the pandemic. These numbers underscore the urgency to get eligible children across the country vaccinated and boosted now.

      The COVID-19 Vaccine Ambassador course covers evidence-based communication strategies, with video explainers and FAQs about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines, as well as lessons on how to engage in constructive conversations about vaccine hesitancy. The course also includes reliable sources of information about COVID-19 vaccines, an important tool in discussions around vaccines.

      Source: COVID Vaccine Ambassador Training: How to Talk to Parents

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        Uganda COVID-19 Campaign Materials

        The Uganda Kijja Kugwa  (English translation: “COVID-19 Will Pass”) campaign promotes awareness of and adherence to the national standard operating procedures (SOPs) related to risk communication and prevention of COVID-19, including vaccine uptake, addressing vaccine hesitancy, and proper management of COVID-19 cases. 

        The campaign tools include radio spots, print (posters, fact booklets, home care guide, wall charts, z-cards, stickers, banners), TV spots, videos, social media, digital media tools for providers, clients, and gatekeepers/influencers. Since implementation, the campaign has been refreshed to incorporate messaging on vaccines, including a special Moments campaign. Various materials are available in English, Ateso, Acholi, Karamojong, Luganda, Lumasaba, Lusoga, Runyankore, Runyoro-Rutooro, Swahili, and other local languages.

        The campaign was developed In partnership with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF, WHO, USAID, and the USAID Social and Behavior Change Activity. For more information, contact Glory Mkandawire, Chief of Party gmkanda2@jhu.edu.

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        Moments campaign for vaccine uptake, featuring sentimental posters and videos of gatherings with friends, family, and colleagues, that reinforce vaccination.

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          Response to COVID-19, a practical guide for schools

          The development of this practical guide is part of the response to Covid-19 in schools and schools.

          This work was coordinated by DCMS / MEN, in partnership with SNEIPS / MSAS, Atelier FONS and USAID / Breakthrough Action.

          This guide, which is intended to be a tool to support the educational community in establishing good attitudes and practices, is made up of three parts:

          • Documentary section in which generalities on Covid-19 are discussed;
          • Practical part where technical sheets are presented accompanied by illustrations of the measures decreed by the health authorities;
          • General recommendations section.

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          Four Things You Can Do to Support Your Teen’s Mental Health

          This is guidance for parents to help them deal with their teenagers’ mental health, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

          The four things parents can do are:

          1. Encourage them to share their feelings
          2. Take the time to support them
          3. Work through conflict together
          4. Care for yourself

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            Questions and Answers: Adolescents, Youth and COVID-19

            These questions and answers were developed by the World Health Organization, UNESCO, UNFPA and UNICEF.

            Questions include:

            • Can adolescents catch COVID-19?
            • Can adolescents spread COVID-19 to other people even if they have mild or no symptoms?
            • Since there are few known cases of adolescents getting seriously ill with COVID-19, should I go to a health facility if I develop symptoms of the disease?
            • I am on medication for a chronic health condition. Should I change anything?
            • I am bored staying home. Since I am very unlikely to get severely ill even if I was to get COVID-19, why is it important that I follow the guidelines to prevent transmission such as keeping physical distance from other people?
            • I am feeling really anxious about COVID-19 and its impact on my life. What should I do?

            Source: Questions and Answers: Adolescents, Youth and COVID-19

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              Classroom Precautions During COVID-19

              This article aims to support teachers with information and tips on various topics.

              These include:

              Source: Classroom Precautions During COVID-19

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                Advice on the Use of Masks for Children in the Community in the Context of COVID-19

                This document provides guidance to decision makers, public and child health professionals to inform policy on the use of masks for children in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It does not address the use of masks for adults working with children or parents/guardians or the use of masks for children in health-care settings. This interim guidance will be revised and updated as new evidence emerges.

                This guidance provides specific considerations for the use of non-medical masks, also known as fabric masks, by children as a means for source control in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The document is an annex to the WHO’s Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-191 in which further details on fabric masks can be found. This annex also advises the use of medical masks for children under certain conditions. For the purposes of this guidance, children are defined as anyone below the age of 18 years.

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