After two highly acclaimed virtual public forums about COVID-19 Public Health and Your Protection and the Impact on Mental Health and Wellness, the United Progressive Party (UPP) will present its third virtual forum Tackling COVID 19: The Impact on the Education System on Tuesday October 5th 2021. This weekly 5-part public education series will address growing concerns about how classroom learning has been upended, even as the economy faces devastation and our healthcare system is placed under extreme stress.
The discussion will center on a range of issues including:
- How remote learning affects student performance at all educational levels and the extraordinary commitment made by educators, staff and policymakers to support students and families.
- The disruption caused by school closures and the social and economic challenges that many families face including: lack of internet services and devices, food insecurity, access to childcare, poor housing and the effects of unemployment.
- From the students’ perspective, how limited physical interactions with teachers causes demotivation and disillusionment .
- How the mandatory vaccination policy will impact the school system in light of recent announcements by the government of Antigua and Barbuda about its intentions to replace unvaccinated teachers.
A diverse panel has been assembled to discuss the impact of COVID-19, the uncertainty and long-term consequences on skills growth and learning. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Jacqui Quinn and will feature:
Myrick Smith – Education Officer, Examinations, Ministry of Education
Ashworth Azille – Principal, Clare Hall Secondary School.
Dr. Ronan Matthew – Educator and retired principal ( Antigua and Nevada, USA )
Eugena Greene – Parent of Student at Princess Margaret School.
Consistent with UPP’s ethos of public consultations, this national discussion will examine guidelines for safe and sustained learning under COVID-19, and the best learning recovery programs to prepare our schools for future shocks. The UPP continues to demonstrate commitment to providing education about COVID-19 to help the public make more informed decisions, not just about their personal health, but the overall quality of life in their communities.
About the Tackling COVID-19 Virtual Forums
These interactive virtual forums are hosted on Tuesdays at 7:30 PM, broadcast on Progressive Radio 107.3 FM and live streamed via the MYUPP Facebook Page. Experts explore a range of topics, innovative strategies and best practices to address the impact of COVID-19 and the recovery process. The discussion ends with a guided Q & A session that fields questions from the audience to address public concerns and information gaps.
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