Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora
On the occasion of World Teachers' Day, what is celebrated this 5 October, the NGO Educo asks governments to give more support to teachers, to face the new challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As explained by the head of Education at the global level of the organization, Mikel Egibar, "Teachers and professors cannot bear all the responsibility alone. Guaranteeing the right to education is the duty of governments. Because, they have to support the teachers, train it and give it the necessary resources so that they can carry out their work. On the contrary, the right to education of many girls and boys is at risk, especially of those who are in a situation of greater vulnerability ".
Educo remembers that, because of the coronavirus, In recent months, teachers have had to adapt their work practically overnight and now they are managing this new reality with many difficulties, but also with a lot of personal commitment.
“They give classes online and share homework through social networks or applications like WhatsApp. They even go to the houses of those who do not have the possibility of connecting to give them the necessary materials.. They are doing everything possible so that children can continue learning, even if that means working outside their hours and using their own financial resources ", explains Egibar.
It is calculated that, at the worst moment of the global pandemic, the closure of schools affected 63 million primary and secondary teachers and 1,500 millions of students of all levels, according to UNESCO data.
Both in the months before and now, have continued with their educational work, but they have also had to manage the effects of the global pandemic on children.
According to the person in charge of Education of the NGO, “We are not just talking about making sure that sanitary measures are followed in the classroom if the school is open. Teachers and teachers are also supporting children emotionally. Let us not forget that its students have lived months of confinement or mobility restrictions and look with concern at the economic crisis derived from the pandemic, that many times affects their own families ".
Educo also asks for recognition of the role of teachers during the pandemic, since in addition to facing the same difficulties as the rest of society, have continued working to guarantee the right to education of children, especially the most vulnerable.