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Making most out of radio during pandemic

Project initiates distance learning education through radio in coordination
with local stations to support continuing children’s learning at home

I have been teaching Social Studies in this school for seven years now. “My Radio School, My Future Program” was launched in my school too by REED Nepal as a part of the Quick Impact Project and funded by JICA/IC-NET. Here, I want to share my reflections on the program as the focal teacher on behalf of my school. As we all know, schools across the country have remained shut for a long time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, creating demand for remote learning. In response to this significant demand for remote learning, REED Nepal initiated distance learning education through radio in coordination with local stations to support continuing children’s learning at home. In the radio program, REED Nepal’s subjects’ trainers recorded radio lessons in Nepali, English, Math’s, and Science subjects and broadcasted them daily. Students also got involved in extracurricular activities organized via radio and this developed their capacities and changed their behaviors drastically.

The program was very useful and beneficial for students who live in remote areas and are deprived of access to education. As part of the program, students also received bags, books, radios, and other wash materials to encourage them to continue learning even during the pandemic. Due to this program, students seem confident in expressing their opinion and thoughts without any hesitation in any forum. This program has enhanced their learning, speaking, and leadership capacity. The program has taught them morals, life skills, and even lessons of discipline. In the same way, I, as a teacher, also got an opportunity to enhance my skills through the program. I feel a real change in the way I teach. The knowledge and skill that I received from this program will be useful for my entire teaching career. The school has also benefited from this program. So, I would like to thank this program and I hope that this kind of programs are continued in the future.

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