The Impact of Covid-19

Despite their size and isolation, Covid-19 has had a major impact on rural communities in Nepal. In particular, education has been badly effected because all schools were closed from the beginning of April until the end of July 2020. The Ministry of Education tried to implement online teaching and this was partially successful in private schools. However, rural government schools, such as those supported by Hands Together, were unable to benefit from online teaching because of the lack of network coverage and computer resources. The Government later tried a new approach: ‘Education in sector wise’. This ran classes in clusters around small villages. This had some success but was hampered by a lack of proper rooms. The Government then introduced the ‘alternative system’ i.e. classes were run on odd and even dates. This allowed schools to better observe social distancing. Throughout the students washed hands regularly and wore masks. 

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