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Written by Safa al-Helli

Most countries around the world start in September, including Iraq. With the world’s current situation of COVID-19, many schools have chosen to participate in remote online learning for students. Iraqi schools officially closed in February 2020, just before the peak of COVID-19. As September approached, ReliefWeb (an international humanitarian information platform) has directed many countries to open schools safely by setting a framework for schools to put into effect. However, if there are any additional guidelines developed by the ministry of education they are unconfined to use it. Some of the guidelines that were set include things such as hygienic procedures, support programs for students’ needs, as well as inclusiveness for all students no matter their situation and/or status.

UNESCO (The United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organizations)
interviewed students all over the world (including Iraq) about their learning methods during the circumstances of COVID-19. Teeba, 14, from Baghdad narrates “Our school has been closed, but our teacher created a channel on the Telegram app to send our homework and explain the lessons to us. It’s a good alternative, but I really miss going to school, our teachers, and my friend.”.

As seen, some schools in Iraq are taking the online learning route as a result of the pandemic. Remote learning has been the reality of many students and
teachers all over the world as it is the safest method of learning in regards to the current situation. That being said, there are struggles that both students and teachers face when it comes to this learning method. Faten, a high school coordinator in Iraq encounters difficulty
as “The spread of coronavirus has led to the loss of a school year and the loss of student’s efforts. It is imperative that we all play our roles in order to secure education for our students remotely.” All in all, many schools choosing to re-open for “classroom learning”
have taken the right precautions for ensuring the safety of the students and the school(s). Those who are learning virtually have found it helpful but also problematic as learning efforts and social communication has dwindled.

Works Cited

https://reliefweb.int/report/iraq/framework-safe-re-opening-schools-iraq
https://en.unesco.org/covid19/educationresponse/learningneverstops

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