By Munyaradzi Hwengwere.
This is the fourth and final part of an in depth 4 part analysis on Covid 19 and how it impacts on Zimbabwe .
Prominence of Online Education
With respect to education, when online schooling began, society questioned the weight of qualifications from such institutions.
Many also doubted the extent to which the concept could be applied to lower levels such as pre-school and junior school.
This was despite evidence that pointed to effectiveness of a number of educational learning programmes.
In Zimbabwe we had Mbuya Mlambo who made radio lessons very popular. For some reason little was done togrow this area.
Covid-19 has forced even preeminent schools like Harvard University to embrace online educational classes.
The lower school levels have also started asking serious questions over their own technologically preparedness.
Sadly, in that inquiry serious questions on the rural andurban divide have reared their ugly heads.
Educationist, technologists, and communication experts now need to urgently get together to ensure that appropriate models are developed that respond to the risk posed by Covid-19 to normal educational institutions.
At lower levels it is now also critical that parents are fully embraced as part of the teaching class.
Of course, it goes without saying that as families begin to me more involved in the schooling of their own children, there equally must be a reconfiguration of their work interaction.
Imagine, having to ensure your child is listening to the online class while at the same time having to grapple with deadlines for a report needed by your employer.
Focus on home markets
Lastly, African youths who were now drawn to the diaspora and the street must understand thattheir concept of value must radically shift.
The street is likely to become a very in hospitable place for a very long time. Trading different currencies at various streets corners in Zimbabwe’s towns and cities is now under threat.
Secondly with high unemployment in the overseas markets and disrupted borders, not many countries will be welcoming foreigners.
The youths must make do with home markets. Innovate at home or die.
The entrepreneurial zeal many of the youths have suggest they can be the necessary link between old industries and the new economy using technology.
Applications can be created that make agriculture, mining and manufacturing more efficient. Mentorship programmes such as My Own Boss that support with practical skills and mentorship are now even more critical.
The new normal, may just be the tonic Zimbabwe needed to do the things long spoken about but rarely done. Just as well not obeying the laws of nature brought by Coronavirus takes away that we value most, which is life. So if we want to live but also must figure a new way of sustaining day to day economic life, we must shift habits at home, work and country levels.
For now get ready for a marathon not a sprint.Coronavirus is not a disease that responds to 21 day state lockdowns but has a life of its own. Indications are that to make peace with this virus we must totally change habits ingrained in us for decades if not centuries.