COVID-19 is now synonymous with panic, stress, anxiety, anger and fear. This is primarily because of the unexpected and unplanned nature of the event. The human brain is a “prediction machine” and constantly anticipates events so that humans can respond to them quickly and accurately. For example, when we hear “the sky is …”, we can easily predict “blue.” Why then should COVID-19 elicit a fear response? That is because it continues to be an unknown and uncertain entity and the brain continues to struggle to come up with a cognitive response to COVID-19.
Parents are struggling to meet the challenges of homeschooling while juggling work and community obligations, caring for family members and maintaining individual well-being. Teachers are having to adapt overnight to new and untested teaching and assessment methods. Students are concerned about their education as national examinations are cancelled and are grappling with the insecurity of isolation and uncertainty. In poor households where survival is a priority, children are left on their own to home-school or be pulled into other tasks……………………………………………………..
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