The Covid-19 quarantine has forced families to seclude themselves and adopt new, unimagined activities. Home office and remote education are the new modes of operation for most. Challenging all prior pedagogical models, girls and boys cannot attend class in person. Suddenly, families are obliged to assume a major role in their children’s education. This creates new challenges for families: making classroom learning a top priority in the home and overseeing the process of pedagogical and curricular education for their children.
The pandemic deepens inequality throughout the world and within our communities. In the United States, the current epicenter of Covid-19, poor Latino and African-American children are disproportionately affected. Many parents and caretakers work in the severely affected service industries. Some families lack minimum family environmental conditions, access to technology and internet. Others have had very difficult experiences with school themselves and may not have the capacity and the circumstances required to support their children. These conditions make remote learning an aspiration but not a reality. In addition, because of the difficult social and economic conditions of many poor households and the added stress of confinement and online schooling, tension and domestic violence are on the rise. These situations, and their resulting disruptions, will have long-lasting, negative effects on the developmental aspects of children and adolescents.
ATD Fourth World, Equity for Children, and The Center for New York City Affairs work in partnership to organize a webinar to create a space of dialogue among families living difficult situations and other actors in the education field in the face of Covid-19 in order to find solutions so that every child can learn.