No, it was not the right vacation, and mothers did not have a good start to a school season that was killed by the Covid-19 virus this year, and toppled by a series of civil protests that erupted since October 17 last year in Lebanon due to high taxes.
It is distance education (online), the resounding cry of mothers, especially working women whose children have not reached the age that allows them to be left on their screens in the online learning classroom.
Women – mothers and teachers – told Al Jazeera Net of their suffering, but they found it necessary to move forward instead of complaining, until conditions improve.
With no use
Saba’s life has two sons (8 and 14 years old), and she tells us that she has not yet been able to cope, and that her nerves are damaged by the internet blackout and by teachers who insult the children, she said.
Jana Al-Sayegh considers that digital education is the worst thing that happened, as neither the curriculum is equipped, nor the students, and there is no structure capable of bearing the operational and development costs in Lebanon, as well as some applied materials that are not suitable to be taught from a distance, she said.
And Malak Khaled agrees that it is the worst option, as her 6-year-old child is registered in a school, but she is the one who teaches him daily, and because she is a working woman, it is not possible to be with him always, but the cost is still the same and has not been reduced.
Abeer says that distance education is exhausting for the teacher and the student and is absolutely useless in a country that does not have the ingredients, and that sitting behind the screen for a long time will turn into lethargy, which is harmful on more than one level.
As for Jihan Jezzini, she considers that distance education is successful for the secondary stage, but in the middle and primary stage it is tiring for the mother and to no avail for students.
A temporary situation .. Let’s take it positively
Rabia Abu Kamel considers that her children have been accustomed since last year to studying from abroad, and that the teachers are cooperative and responsive. Although the situation is not ideal, she believes that it is better than being without study, on the phone and on games.
Fida ‘Abd al-Fattah says that teaching her two sons, Jihad and Julnar (12 and 15 years) from a distance, was easy, and that she goes to work and leaves them in front of the computer screens.
She considers that the topic is more difficult for young children who need the presence of their mothers next to them during the lesson.
Fidaa had registered her two sons to study music on the guitar and bouzouki from a distance, before the start of the school year with a period of time to fill, and she believes that parents should search for positive things and facilitate matters instead of complicating them and loading the negativity of these exceptional circumstances for the children.
Teaching the boys will lose her mind!
Nour Awais says that she feels that she will lose her mind in teaching children remotely from the age of 12 to 18 years. Her expression.
As for Heba Morcos, who taught two classes at the university in Canada from a distance, she says that the experience is bad, and she considers that the difficulty lies in the lack of seriousness of the students, the lack of knowledge of their reactions and whether the lecture was fun or boring, as well as controlling words in class, so that one of the students spoke badly about His colleague did not notice that the microphone was open, causing a hideous situation.
Afifa Karaki, who teaches sciences for intermediate and secondary stages from distance, considers that there is nothing equivalent to attending face-to-face to know the extent of the student’s comprehension, and she added that online learning needs to be followed up after class to know the students’ productivity on the application, otherwise they will not take the class seriously.
She believes that there is no benefit in distance education for primary and younger students, as it delays their development and reduces nerve communication between the senses, and may affect their sense of communication because they do not learn to interact with their colleagues, older students and professors.
Christine Yaqoub – a teacher and coordinator at the school, who has a son who studies remotely – says that the situation is exhausting and mentally exhausting.
Teachers ’opinions and solutions
The teacher, Yousra Saab, found solutions in dealing with university students from a distance, after the challenges of power cuts, poor internet, and slow loading of programs.
Among the solutions was sending a document that includes broad headlines, sending links and videos, with creating a group on WhatsApp as an alternative to the program and the application, and agreeing on a specific time suitable for everyone with a period of time for ideas, discussion and access to a summary.
Distance learning courses in computer
Elissar Ghassani, who gives distance learning courses in the computer, says that she and the students are happy with the result, and that everyone needs to adapt, and it depends on the method of education and patience.
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As for Petra Shami, who has been learning from a distance since last semester in the graphic design course at the university, she says that mothers struggle with time and dealing with computers, which made her register free courses for parents through the services “Google Classroom” and “Microsoft Teams”. ) And others, on distance education technologies, while opening the way for questions and clarification.
She points out that the teacher sets her salary as the price of the Internet, so schools must equip a place for teachers and teachers in the school with an Internet and a camera, and the cost is not on the teacher’s shoulders.