May 3rd, 2020 - Posted By Yureshya Perera
A Policy Dialogue on home-based-learning (HBL) was convened using zoom conferencing, by the Education Forum Sri Lanka on May 2nd. This was attended by 34 participants including teachers from several districts in SL, representatives from the Open University, non-governmental actors in education, private sector representatives, those interested in special education and those from the IT sector.
The main purpose of the Dialogue was to exchange ideas, share best practices and discuss successful models used for distance education, e-learning and other forms of HBL systems, during the Covid crisis. With sudden schools closure, teachers had to gear themselves for on-line teaching and other methods of distance education very rapidly. Unlike in developed countries, SL schools were not prepared for this eventuality, and hence innovation became an urgent necessity. New initiatives like dedicated youtube channels, social media platforms, and other interesting communication methods used by educators were also highlighted.
The Policy Dialogue brought to the open many important facets such as limited access to Internet, PCs, smart phones, and also underutilization of radio, TV, postal services for distance education. The conference was streamed live via Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/EduForumLK/videos/726016001268499/