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Youth in COVID-19 Quarantine: How Egyptian Students Are Coping With Coronavirus Pandemic

March 25, 2020

Being under quarantine can be frightening, particularly for young children and youth who are mostly driven and accustomed to life outdoors. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, 1.37 billion students around the world became affected by school and university closures in over 130 countries. Egypt’s school shutdown has been extended until further notice, and final exams for primary and preparatory students have been cancelled. In Egypt, digital learning has been part of the education reform strategy for three years now, launching the edmodo website to help teachers and students better communicate. Universities have also resorted to e-learning platforms and online classes. The shift to distance and online learning has brought its own challenges and opportunities. We spoke to a few parents and students to take a look into this very new experience. “It helped bring more cooperation in the house” To maintain focus and structure, Hadeer Mostafa and her six-year-old son, Hamza, have created a schedule to fill out the day. A: Morning: prepare breakfast, then watch short films or videos together. B: Early afternoon: the school sends tasks to finish online, which take around three hours to complete. C: Late…

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