Providing E-Learning services for the Tetritskaro community
Assessments of the needs in the Tetritskaro region showed that the closure of small and medium-sized enterprises due to the COVID19 lockdown, left many people temporarily or permanently without their jobs and consequently without a source of income. Most of them were the only income source in the family. Amongst them, large families are suffering the most, some having trouble feeding their children who are also at risk of failing at school as they do not have access to computers or internet for remote learning. Overall, access to technology and internet is an issue for some many of the local youth. Basic nutritional needs are also a problem.
To address these challenges while complying with the government regulations related to the prevention of the spread of the virus, RDFG started applying modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), to ensure educational continuity, and provides capacity building workshops. Several actions are being put in place:
1) As a long-term solution RDFG introduced Distance Services Including E-Learning tools for rural school students, young entrepreneurs/farmers, and vocational training/skills development sessions.
2) As a short-term emergency action, RDFG, together with the Tetritskaro Local Action Group (LAG) and the representatives of the local government, identified target groups in need and initiated a fundraising campaign to assist locals who meet certain vulnerability criteria. This way, socially vulnerable families with four or more children are being supported with a standard food basket and school students from these families received computers and a monthly internet plan.
The list of E-Learning/Training resources are available here.