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Oh Yes, you read right.

I am sure you want to find out what actually happened.
Here’s what the pandemic did, in the truest sense.

For about six months in 2020, students in Nigeria could not take part in physical classes.
In various parts of the world, the duration may have been more or less.
But, despite the widely accepted claim that the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the education system, this piece is out to prove that it didn’t.

It is true that the school calendar for the year was disrupted and that students at various levels had to learn from home.
They had to learn time management in the midst of so much time and so little formal regulations.
They had to cope with learning from home and using various tech tools.

They challenged themselves to do more.
They spent more time with their families and shared whatever was available.
They had more time to learn new skills; like learning new languages or getting better at sports.
Safety became an important part of their existence.

The pandemic helped everyone, young and old, to be creative and prudent with their time and resources.
Students had the chance to discover and be more of themselves.

In summary, the pandemic only halted schooling. It didn’t stop education.
How do I know that?
Education is much more than receiving lessons in the four walls of a classroom.
It involves total learning, in every sphere: health, etiquette, finances, relationships…everything needed to cope in life.

So, do you see?
The pandemic did not halt education. It made us, young and old, experience life in another dimension.
Indeed, it is time to let everyone know that schooling is miles away from education, in terms of meaning.

The pandemic proved that schooling is not the ultimate form of education. Education involves acquiring all the skills necessary for a successful and happy life.
That shows that true learning is not limited to any place but can be done wherever and whenever; as long as a person is committed to it.
It is time to look beyond the class walls!

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Gbemisola Oluwasina

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