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Topic Reading-Vol.3067-9/3/2020

Dear MEL Topic Readers,
In pictures: Mexico school classes resume on TV
The population of Mexico is just about 130 million, the 10th populous country in the world. While the nation’s number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 is just around 600,000, the death tolls are over 60,000, the third largest only after the US and Brazil, or just about as many as India whose population is 10 times more than Mexico.
So, they decided not to bring 30 million school children back to classrooms for the new school year. Instead, they are now teaching children through distance learning. Sounds like pretty normal in today’s digitalized education communities, doesn’t it? However, many of the Mexican families neither have access to the internet nor own a PC. So, they are now broadcasting school classes on TV! Though it is not interactive, students can at least take classes from home and do assignments.
Education doesn’t have to be done by digital or online. This old-fashioned way helps millions of school children study even though they cannot go to school. After all, children like watching TV, provided that they don’t have a smartphone.
Enjoy reading the article and learn about this desperate attempt to keep children educated even under the pandemic in Mexico.

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