The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic led to a massive loss of human lives and challenges to economies across the globe. One of the most affected sectors in every country was education, as schools, colleges and universities were abruptly closed and shifted to online platforms and remote education; and the situation in Pakistan was no exception.
This unexpected scenario became extremely challenging for the Government of Pakistan as students, teachers and the relevant authorities were not acclimated to this new teaching and learning style. However, timely decisions were made to make full use of digital transformation, and this unprecedented challenge was turned into an opportunity.
Multiple activities have been launched to support the education system in responding to the COVID-19 crisis under the GPE-funded COVID-19 Response, Recovery and Resilience Project.
One of the most significant and timely initiatives is the broadcasting of distance-learning content through Teleschool on Pakistan Television (PTV) & Radio, which is reaching students in even the most far-flung areas of the country.
Many other initiatives like the distribution of COVID-related sanitizing and hygiene kits were undertaken to ensure that students and teachers could follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the safe reopening and functioning of schools. Training of teachers, dissemination of learning materials and gender-focused activities are being carried out under these projects as well.