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Goodbye, remote learning! 8th grader Freya Constable and her peers reflect

This lockdown has shown us just how much we can test our resilience towards moments of boredom, how we are furthering relationships with our families and friends through the screen or simply gaining the time to learn something new. Talking with some of my Grade 8 peers, they have given an insight into their lives during this time and how their home country is coping with the pandemic.

Emanuela is from Italy and is returning there for her 9th grade year. “Until just recently, Italy’s school system was just books, writing, reading and handwriting. Technology wasn’t really a part of [it]. Now with this situation, it has, in a way, forced Italy to start using technology. Of course, every city has had its obstacles because no teachers knew how to use [a lot of the Google programs] and had to quickly learn all of that. I think this is a really good first step. Obviously, this virus has introduced a lot of problems globally but I also think it [created] a good initiative for schools. I’m really hoping that they’ll incorporate more of this technology [after the lockdown]. As the world advances, more technology is getting developed and there is less books and writing. Once you’ve learned how to use it, you can’t just go back.”

Manon talks about her relatives located in Marseille, France and how they are coping: “Their school does not use technology to teach but have books with lessons on each page. This is due to the government feeling it might be difficult to contact children individually because not all of them had a phone or computer. It was good for my cousins because if they complete all their work early in the week then they had a lot of free time the rest of the week. They haven't received a school schedule and they don't meet up with teachers for lessons. They have free rein of their day and amount of work.”

Mansur is living in Kazakhstan at the moment and talks about how he is adjusting to online schooling away from Denmark, “It's an interesting experience living in a different country while learning online in a school that’s located in another continent. When being first introduced to online learning it was hard, uncomfortable, at times fun and unusual. This happened mostly because of the time-zone… My country was at first four hours ahead which then changed to three. This, of course, did give me some pros. First of all, online learning starts at 12:00 where I’m at, which gives me more time to sleep. However there are some cons like not keeping up with time, sometimes I’m confused with the time class schedule. It’s unusual to see a bunch of people [on the computer] while learning subjects since I got used to seeing them in real life and learning on the school desks.”

All are examples of what has contributed to our experiences of this global pandemic, whether we have been directly affected or not. By just staying inside and being aware of the current regulations, we can help both the safety of others and the future of our planet.

By Freya Constable, Grade 8