Experts have shared how rotational learning during lockdown had negative implications on the entire Education Sector, including unfinished curriculum and dropout rates, just to mention a few.
South Africa's cabinet introduced changes to the Alert Level 1 regulation, which changed the way learners attend school, from rotational to full-time learning.
During the lockdown, schools in Botswana also applied rotational learning. It is for this reason that a youth-led organisation, Youth Impact ran a program through telephonic communication using facilitators to reach households and educate learners during this period.
In an interview, the organisation’s Executive Director and Co-founder, Dr. Noam Angrist shared:
We sent a simple SMS message to households and then we also did a 20-minute phone call once a week to a household.
According to Youth Impact, this simple and cost-effective approach was chosen due to some households not having good access to the internet, thus an internet-based approach would have been difficult.
This organisation targeted primary caregivers and learners from grades 3 - 5 based in Botswana, providing them with foundational skills of a full year quality.
It was reported that parents and caregivers were skeptical when this program was in its initial stages, thinking that they were being scammed.
However, Angrist shared that the results received were nothing but tremendous and successful. There has been a total of 70% of households enrolled in this program, higher than the expectation of the organisation and in a survey, 99% caregivers wanted their children to continue with the program after the lockdown.
This experience has led to the organisation being excited to have more interactions and engagements with learners, parents, and caregivers about this approach, for more information visit youth-impact.org.