As school children across the country adjust to learning outside of their classrooms, The Senegal school children are in no form allowing this virus delay their school cirruculum.
Senegalese schoolboy Ibrahima Diongue listened intently as a teacher held forth about a tricky maths problem. It was a regular school day, except Diongue was in his living room and the teacher was on the other side of a flickering TV screen.
The coronavirus pandemic has shut schools across West Africa and beyond, but in Senegal a television channel has launched daily lessons to prevent children falling behind with their studies and to educate them about the virus.
While some parents in other parts of the world are worried as to how they will keep their children entertained Senegal has taken matters into their own hands by making sure the children do not miss out on the school year.
Teacher and TV presenter Massamba Gaye was planning the launch of “The Teachers’ Room” on channel TFM and its first episode aired the next day. The daily programmers are designed for pupils hoping to pass exams at the end of the school year.
“It’s a good initiative,” said Cheekier Dingoes. “It should be done beyond the pandemic period.”