The education authority in NE Syria has started with the necessary measures to continue the educational process at home, after the Autonomous Administration issued a circular that suspended schools and universities within the region as of March 14 to stave off the emergence of the coronavirus in the region, which has ravaged dozens of countries and claimed thousands of lives.
The education authority in northern and eastern Syria is to follow the distance education system, i.e. through television, social media and YouTube platforms.
The distance learning process is scheduled to set off next week on Manbij TV and RojavaTV. The co-chair of the education authority of Al Jazeera region, Rohat Khalil commented on the topic: "Quick and alternative solutions had to be found after students were cut off from their seats. "To ensure that the educational process proceeds, we have recorded lessons in Arabic and Kurdish."
Six hours to complete the educational process
She said: "The lessons will be broadcasted for six hours during the day, from 08:00 to 12:00, and from 14:00 to 12:00. 15:00, 16:00 to 5:00 p.m. Each lesson will last 20 minutes and rebroadcasted late at night."
Khalil said the focus will be on scientific subjects and languages such as Kurdish, Arabic and English, and then literary subjects, followed by the primary stage lessons, according to their available possibilities.
Khalil noted that the recorded lessons will be accessible via YouTube and Facebook as well, and said: "If students are not allowed to watch lessons on TV as a result of power cut or other reasons, they can watch them on YouTube or Facebook."
To date, Al-Jazeera education authority has been able to record more than 1,500 educational videos.
Keen efforts to ensure the success of the educational process
"We need a technological and technical infrastructure to make this process work and our colleagues are making great efforts to provide all the supplies to ensure that the process goes smoothly and successfully" said Khalil about the success of the distance education process.
" The distance education process is likely to result in some drawbacks, namely lack of direct communication and guidance between the student and the teacher: "We will treat these aspects through collective cooperation between the teaching staff and the teachers who will follow students' lessons by communicating with families in coordination through the communes."
Khalil stressed on the important role of parents at this stage and follow-up their children during the times of broadcasting lessons and getting in touch with the educational staff about any points that needs clarification.
Khalil noted that the educational process through television screens and social media platforms will continue after the curfew to be a reference for the student, teacher and parents as well."
There are about 230,000 students and 19,500 teachers in Al Jazeera region.
Rojava TV can be followed at the following frequency 12604.
Classes are being prepared at the two branches of the martyr, Agid Gilo in Al Hasaka and Qamishlo cantons. Academy member in Qamishlo, Hajar Shakr explained that the teachers of each subject record the subject visually at the Academy.
The teaching staff also prepares the materials that will be recorded visually and broadcast on time.