Tue. Jun 25th, 2024

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic loss of human life worldwide and affects public health, food system, educational system and many are losing their livelihood.  As an educationalist, I think the worst effect of COVID-19 has been the closure of educational institutions globally. Developing countries like Pakistan had to find out alternate ways to address this issue. They switched to new strategies like online teaching and learning processes, without proper training for teachers and as well students. Teachers and students who were involved in Face to Face ( F2F) teaching had to quickly learn how to use numerous digital tools and platforms and adapt to the new mode of teaching and learning to cope with the unpredictable challenges.

Indeed, It was an enormous challenge for educational institutions including students and parents who had to continue the teaching-learning process during the pandemic in general and for the teachers in particular. Thus, educational institutes switched to the e-learning model. The model includes synchronous, asynchronous, and blended to ensure the teaching and learning process wherever possible. On one hand, it was a challenging task for educational institutions to train their teachers and students to proceed with their teaching and learning activity, but on the other hand, it was an opportunity for facilitators and learners both to enhance their skills.

Initially, opting for online teaching and learning, it was unimagined that the teachers and students will be interacting in online classes, especially in developing countries but despite all the hurdles every individual became part of it gradually and steadily. So, the COVID-19 pandemic turns out as a blessing in disguise because it prepares every individual to fight the worst situation and it brings space for them to think and go out of the box.

Moreover, while using technology, educational institutions introduced different strategies in schooling and teachers also learned and implemented new ways to perform in the pandemic. They used PowerPoint presentations, recording lessons, exploring websites and applications for assessment, and conduct their classes. Also, educational institutions introduced different forms of assessment in distance learning as online assessment tools to examine the students.

The triangle of parents-students-teachers plays a crucial role in education. It is an equilateral triangle, where the role of each is the same and linked with each other. During the pandemic, no doubt parents have survived a lot but they also developed themselves in online learning with their children. They spent more time providing enough support to their kids. Before the pandemic parents have forgotten their responsibilities towards their role in their children’s education but pandemics made them more responsible and active regarding their children’s education. They learn how to monitor their kids in online classes and they also become technology-friendly. While helping their child with Zoom, MS team, and Meet tools. Many of them explored new ways of learning and learned more about these tools to help their children.

As a teacher, even I was not aware that I can teach online and can find different ways of teaching, like using different software, preparing my class according to the situation, and working in the worst possible time. This pandemic situation encouraged me to explore different ways to design and present my plan more interactively and creatively as possible.   

As it is said that β€œLife is like a Galaxy! At every turn you will find Stars, now it’s up to you to take that star to enlighten your path or leave that and move on” (Hussain 2021).

As mentioned, this pandemic has provided us with an opportunity to explore and enhance new skills and move with time accordingly.

In short, online learning seems to have covered the ways for learning beyond classroom boundaries, and future schooling would depend on it, particularly in an era of technology and a productive youth population. Everyone must live with the time and transform themselves according to the need of the time. We must accept challenges in life because challenges always bring opportunities to learn and lead.

By Sadam Hussain

The author is a Senior Mathematics Teacher at the Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan School (SMS).

22 thoughts on “Covid-19 Pandemic: A Blessing in Disguise”
  1. Wow Sir Sadam πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» Best Article I ever read you should also write on Math

  2. love your article. and to be honest, the pandemic is not that bad and by the way, the pandemic allowed us to be creative and get new skills.

  3. It’s a great article sir , it true that We must accept challenges in life because challenges always bring opportunities to learn and lead , even after pandemic we still got opportunities to be creative

  4. Very well written Sadam! It is truly a blessing in disguise where we got opportunity to connect more closely to our own family and of course with our students and parents. Moreover we explored the hidden potentials. This pandemic made us more stronger and Versatile.

  5. Good work Saddam.

    And very true that it is a blessing in disguise. We have discovered new avenues for something good which were not the part of our life previously. We have learnt to excavat our challenges and dig out opportunities from these challenges.

    Keep it up.

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