COVID-19: Facebook launches resources for educators, partners UNESCO


By: PTI | New Delhi |

Published: April 14, 2020 4:05:18 pm

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Social media large Facebook on Monday mentioned it has launched a web-based useful resource information on collaborate and proceed the training course of utilizing Facebook merchandise, instruments and applications amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Titled ‘Supporting Education Communities: An Online Learning Resources Guide’, the net useful resource will information training communities on collaborate and proceed the training course of utilizing Facebook merchandise, instruments and applications together with Facebook Pages, Facebook Groups, Facebook Live, Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram, an announcement mentioned.

The information, which may even present info associated to COVID-19 from genuine sources, is at present accessible in English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and Kannada, it added.

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In its first section, Facebook has partnered with UNESCO who will help in making certain the information reaches learners, instructional establishments and lecturers throughout India in addition to supporting with the updation and curation of the information with related studying resources, the assertion mentioned.

“In these difficult times, it is even more important for people to stay connected and have access to credible information about COVID-19. Through our online learning resource guide, we want to equip teachers, parents and relevant government officials with ample resources and tools to help them stay connected and collaborate digitally to facilitate remote learning,” Manish Chopra, director and head of partnerships at Facebook India, mentioned.

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Eric Falt, director and UNESCO consultant, UNESCO New Delhi Cluster Office for Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka mentioned the COVID-19 outbreak has brought on not solely a well being disaster but additionally a studying disaster.

“More than 90 per cent of the world’s learners are affected by the school and university closures. In line with the global efforts, UNESCO New Delhi will focus on mobilising the national and state-level actors and resources in order to develop an effective and unified response avoiding overlaps for maximum impact,” Falt mentioned.

Further, the on-ground wants can be matched with context-appropriate options to offer training remotely, leveraging hi-tech, low-tech and no-tech approaches with a particular deal with making certain entry for ladies learners, he mentioned.

“Technology will be the key enabler for all such efforts. The partnership between UNESCO New Delhi and Facebook will therefore play an important role in providing an online platform for all stakeholders to come together and act in tandem to end the learning disruption,” Falt added.

Facebook had additionally launched the Coronavirus Information Centre final week that gives the newest information and updates from MyGov Corona Hub, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and world well being organisations, in addition to useful content material about social distancing and stopping the unfold of COVID-19.

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