26 Mar “Refugees Need Every Ounce of Support for their Unremitting Survival & Livelihoods”
Olasunkanmi Ogunade, popularly known as Sunky OG, is a Nigerian visual artist studying for a PHD in Mass Communication, Branding, Perception and Imagery at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Sunky has been a long-time voice against racism, sexism and xenophobia. Through fine photography exhibits and campaigns, he strives to celebrate the diversity and beauty of people from all parts of the world, regardless of their status. In some occasions, he participates in donation drives and grassroots organizing for refugees & asylum seekers in Kuala Lumpur.
Here’s Sunky, writing to Fugee about his thoughts on our recent film, Empowering Children to be Future-Ready.
Learning has seen a major shift from conventional to digital classrooms, however, 2020 has helped digital learning showcase its true potential on every level of education, amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
Be it a school, college, or any other institution, they all halted physical learning mediums and embraced online learning. Online learning and its elements provides the possibility to get modern education to every pupil going through the learning process due to Covid-19 setbacks and all other issues.
Students using digital learning tools and technology become more engaged in the process and more interested in growing their knowledge base as a result of appealing methods such as peer education, teamwork, problem-solving, and reverse teaching. It is proven in evidence-based research that education and recalling becomes easy when you can see or visualize what you are learning.
The Empowering Children to be Future-Ready short film is solely based on a young student at Fugee School whose only source of online learning is a tiny tablet without adequate internet facility. Revealing the importance of education in this era, and the advantages of ever-evolving technology was one of the keynotes beautifully narrated in the short film.
“It is proven in evidence-based research that education and recalling becomes easy when you can see or visualize what you are learning.”
Furthermore, we get to understand what refugees experience due to inadequate funding and support. Fatima, in the movie, explained that if she had a laptop computer and a stable internet connection, learning would be simpler and more comprehensive. One of the Fugee School teachers, Miss Salma, who spends her time teaching refugee kids also analyzed some of the setbacks involved in online learning.
The world is growing rapidly and as a result of the present conditions, everybody is struggling to find a balance between the present and pre-Covid era. In addition, some of the benefits of online learning include students actually have full access to digital classes right from the comfort of their bedrooms, it saves a great deal of time not only for students but also for their parents, commuting from home to school and vice-versa is itself a time-consuming affair.
The online learning facilitators have ensured that the curriculum is more advanced than that of regular schooling. It confirms the significance of holistic education for kids and their multi-dimensional development. The journey of learning from blackboard to keyboard has been enthralling.
In conclusion, refugees need every ounce of support they can get as it is important for their unremitting survival and livelihood.
For incessant education and learning, encouragement and funding needs to be provided for them as they can’t do this on their own. The beautiful short movie highlighted some of the setbacks they encounter and I feel more short movies like this should be constantly produced to aid more awareness and participation. The future is bright!