A non-governmental organisation (NGO) Pace for Social Change has embarked on a project aimed at covering-up the learning gap that came in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic in March.
The NGO is using the Fast-Tracked Teaching and Learning (FTTL) Guide as a tool for bridging the learning gap created by the unprecedented five months holiday.
Speaking during the capacity building workshop for teachers at Chibanja Primary School in Mzuzu on Wednesday, Pace executive director Gibson Chisale said the initiative is expected to cover at least half of the curriculum content of the third term which was not covered due to the abrupt closure of schools.
“Very few parents have managed to facilitate home-learning for their children during the holiday. Our overall goal is to ensure that learners have covered at least half of the English, mathematics and Chichewa content of third term of the 2019 to 2020 academic year for Standard Three and Four,” he said.
Chibanja Primary School head teacher Grace Simkonda commended the organisation for the initiative, saying the Covid-19 break left a big learning gap that needs to be covered within the shortest period possible.
“An assessment done after re-opening of schools shows that most of the learners forgot the content they learnt. This has left us with too much work to be covered to fill the lost gap,” she said.
The FTTL project is funded by National Democratic Institute (NDI) in partnership with Next Generation Leaders Academy.