School Partnership in a time of crisis
Pandemic connects schools as the young face new problems
Covid-19 has made partnering with an African school a way to enrich the future of all our children says OGS Chair Stephen Haggard
One way to think of Covid-19 is as the symptom of an illness in our world. In that view, a wider disease afflicts humanity. We collectively suffer a sickness involving intense depletion of our earth, rapid frequent movement, overcrowding, shrinking of public resources. The condition develops as favoured groups accelerate towards wealth while others struggle with increasing disadvantage. Covid-19 is a marker for this illness. As long as the condition remains untreated, more pandemics will come and weaken us.
You might or might not identify with this view. But on the other side of Covid-19 we'll confront a deepening split between those who can work to increase their wealth with better jobs, technology, education, sanitation; and those who are depleted by an increasingly hostile social and physical environment. We'll have to recognise how those two trends are linked. This situation and its consequences, maybe including further pandemics, will face our children. We hope they will solve it for themselves and for all of us.
The generation of children at school during the Covid-19 Pandemic must prepare for this future challenge. Young people will need the tools to re-think the world in ways that may make it less susceptible to horrors like this Pandemic - and partnering between schools can help, alongside other changes in what they learn and how. Figuring out how to clean up the ecosystem, distribute wealth fairly, and rein in the consumption of unimaginable amounts of stuff is not going to be easy. But awareness at school about life in a very different community, understanding that we approach life with linkage and partnership, and having the imagination to reach out and ask "how's it over there?" is a good place to begin.
We've put up a selection of photographs about things during Covid-19 Mbollet-Ba the twinned school for Salusbury, and how the partnership is enabling them to use the crisis to improve their situation. African nations on the whole are making a better response to the Pandemic than might be expected and we can all benefit from learning about it!
Stephen Haggard, Chair, Our Global School
Simple hand washing points are installed all around Mbollet-Ba village
Stephen Haggard is a parent at Salusbury and QPCS and Chair of Trustees at Our Global School. He runs a business in the Education sector